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Summary: This is the third 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.

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The Song of Solomon 03

Song 1:12-17

Song 1:12-17

THE SHULAMITE

While the king is at his table,

My spikenard sends forth its fragrance.

13A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me,

That lies all night between my breasts.

14My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms

In the vineyards of En Gedi.

15THE BELOVED

Behold, you are fair, my love!

Behold, you are fair!

You have dove’s eyes.

16THE SHULAMITE

Behold, you are handsome, my beloved!

Yes, pleasant!

Also our bed is green.

17The beams of our houses are cedar,

And our rafters of fir.

I am really enjoying this series of Song of Solomon!

I hope you are, too!

As I have already said,

the girl in our story was a very poor Shulamite girl.

She was to get married to a shepherd in the hills,

and they were very deeply in love.

Solomon was king of Israel at this time

and he was adding women to his harem.

When he saw the Shulamite girl,

he wanted her to be in his "collection."

He intended to bring her to his palace to love him.

But she refused all of his offers.

The song of songs

is a beautiful a picture of the sweet relationship

that should exist between Jesus and His people.

Solomon is not the hero in this story!

He is the villain.

He did everything within his power to win her affection.

Unfortunately for Solomon, he could not...

Praise the Lord!

In this series, we see clearly the depth of the Shulamite’s love

for her shepherd boy.

1.The Shulamite to her shepherd.

- Song 1:12-14

THE SHULAMITE

While the king is at his table, My spikenard sends forth its fragrance.

13 A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, That lies all night between my

breasts.

14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms In the vineyards of En

Gedi.

While Solomon tried to sweet-talk her,

she continually thinks about her shepherd boy.

- Solomon’s sexual advances fail miserably.

No matter what he does,

her love for the shepherd remains strong.

For a short time, the shepherd boy is given the chance

to meet with the Shulamite girl.

During this time,

they are able to speak to one another

and express their love for each other.

- We know who speaks when

because of the gender of the words used.

- Verse 12 tells of the Shulamite girl’s

committed love for her shepherd,

12 While the king is at his table, My spikenard sends forth its fragrance.

- In this conversation,

she let’s her lover know that she will not change.

No matter what, she continually thinks about the shepherd boy.

- She is wearing “spikenard” …

a sweet smelling perfume,.

- In verse 13, she mentions a little bag of myrrh…

she wore on a necklace…

which laid next to her heart all night.

She pretends that this bag of myrrh…

Is her lover lying close to her!

It speaks of her love and affection for him.

She kept him close to her heart.

Verse 14 she compares the shepherd to "...a cluster of henna…or camphire."

This was a cluster of sweet-smelling flowers.

En Gedi was an oasis in the desert west of the Dead Sea.

She says her shepherd boy is like the rich, green oasis…

And all other men are like the dry, desert around it.

To her, he was the handsomest man in the entire world.

The thought of him just lingered and lingered.


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