Summary: This is the 16th 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.
Introduction: No one enjoys admitting failure. However, when
failure is inevitable, one, who is honest, must admit it. The only
other alternative is to live in a state of denial.
Solomon was beaten. The words of the Shulamite affirm this in an
undeniable declaration to the king and to the court ladies.
1. The Shulamite’s last declaration. - Song 7:10
"I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me."
- Was she rude? I think not, for this was not and has not been her
way. She has been gentle yet firm with the rest of the harem and
with the king.
- She declares, "I belong to my beloved shepherd, not to you!" The
king had given his final advance toward this girl. He had stated his
final plea. Without hesitation, she says she belongs to someone else.
- Solomon had expressed his desire. Now, the Shulamite says of her
shepherd, "...his desire is toward me."
- Secure in the love of her shepherd, she had no desire for anyone
else. She needed no other king; she had someone to whom she had
pledged her love and allegiance.
2. The Shulamite’s last call. - Song 7:11-8:3
"Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in
the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the
vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates
bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The mandrakes give a
smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and
old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved...O that thou wert
as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should
find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would
instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice
of my pomegranate."
- As the Song of Songs continues and nears its conclusion, we have
found that Solomon had promised to elevate her to the highest place
and to raise her above all the other concubines and queens if she
would comply with his wishes; but faithful to her engagement, she
refused all his advances on the plea that her affections were pledged
- In these few verses, she, once again, calls out to her beloved to
come and take her away.
- She expresses her desire that her shepherd be close to her instead
of far away as he has been. She wants him close like family is close.
- The harem had despised her, Solomon had tempted her, but her
shepherd had respected her. She wanted him only!
3. The Shulamite’s last charge. - Song 8:4
"I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor
awake my love, until he please."
- She, again, charges the rest of the harem, to not try to change her
mind. She was steadfast and sure in her resolve to be faithful.
- Horatio Palmer penned "Yield Not to Temptation."
Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. (Refrain)
Ask the Savior to help you,