Summary: This is the 13th sermon in a series of messages from this book of the Bible that is seldom used in our churches. It gives us better understanding of the messages God wanted us to see.
1 THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM
Where has your beloved gone,
O fairest among women?
Where has your beloved turned aside,
That we may seek him with you?
My beloved has gone to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.
3I am my beloved’s,
And my beloved is mine.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.
The Shulamite has done a wonderful job…
Telling the women of King Solomon’s harem…
Why she is lovesick for her shepherd boy!
She has captured the attention of each one of the court ladies.
In fact, they became so fascinated by the story,
they asked a question of the Shulamite girl in Song 5:9,
THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O fairest among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved, That you so charge us?
In other words, what makes your shepherd so special?
Her personal witness of her betrothed shepherd
drew the others to him.
The Shulamite answered their question in Song 5:10-16.
This was her opportunity to tell the others
about the one whom she loves!
In a previous talk, the shepherd told her…
what he admired about her.
* Her eyes.
* Her hair.
* Her teeth.
* Her lips.
* Her speech.
* Her temples.
* Her neck.
* Her bosom.
It was her turn now to describe him to the court women.
So, she described him to them in Song 5:10-16.
* His complexion.
* His head.
* His hair.
* His eyes.
* His cheeks.
* His lips.
* His hands and nails.
* His legs.
* His countenance.
* His mouth.
* His loyalty and friendship.
She loves everything about him as well.
Was he perfect?
To her, he was.
She thought he was very handsome,
and very kind to her.
She knew he was a one-woman man,
because he had "doves’ eyes" as well.
He said the same thing about her in chapter 4:1,
Behold, you are fair, my love!
Behold, you are fair!
You have dove’s eyes behind your veil.
In Song 5:16, she said, "...he is altogether lovely."
This phrase is only found here in the Song of Solomon.
It means he is "passionately cherished and desired" by her.
This brings us up-to-date for tonight.
After giving such a sweet and emotional description of her beloved
the court ladies speak to the Shulamite girl.
1. The question of the court ladies.
- Song 6:1 THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM
Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women?
Where has your beloved turned aside, That we may seek him with you?
As I said before, the Shulamite girl
Has succeeded in describing her beloved.
The harem women are now interested in knowing more about him.
This reminds me of another story in the Bible.
In Acts 16….Paul and Silas had been imprisoned
for preaching in the name of Jesus.
Now…what did they do while they sat in jail?
Did they pout or bellyached about their circumstances?
NO! They prayed and sang throughout the evening hours.
- At midnight, God sent an earthquake!
- The prison broke up down to the foundation.
- All the prisoners were loosed and fled the premises...
- all but Paul and Silas, that is.