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Summary: This is the fourth 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 #4

Song of Solomon 2:1-7

1 I am the rose of Sharon,

And the lily of the valleys.

2THE BELOVED

Like a lily among thorns,

So is my love among the daughters.

3THE SHULAMITE

Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,

So is my beloved among the sons.

I sat down in his shade with great delight,

And his fruit was sweet to my taste.

4THE SHULAMITE TO THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

He brought me to the banqueting house,

And his banner over me was love.

5Sustain me with cakes of raisins,

Refresh me with apples,

For I am lovesick.

6His left hand is under my head,

And his right hand embraces me.

7I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

By the gazelles or by the does of the field,

Do not stir up nor awaken love

Until it pleases.

In our last time together,

we learned of the sweet love-teasing

between the Shulamite girl and the shepherd.

This is what happens so often between two lovers in love.

* He may say, "You’re pretty!"

* She replies, "You’re handsome!"

* To which he says, "Your prettier!"

* To which she insists, "You’re handsomer!"

* He says, "You’re the most prettiest!!"

* She banters back, "You’re the mostest handsomest!!"

· On and on the teasing goes.

It is not that they disagree; they are just being sweet.

That’s how it is here...in our story.

We have learned that she referred to him

as a sweet smelling perfume, spikenard.

She then refers to him as a little bag of myrrh

she wore on a necklace which laid next to her heart all night.

She kept him close to her heart.

She also compares the shepherd to "...a cluster of henna or camphire."

She just couldn’t get him out of her mind.

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

The thought of him just lingered and lingered.

Chapter 2 continues with this kind of dialogue between the them.

1. The Shulamite speaks.

Song 2:1

"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys."

- Her words continue from chapter 1...

- She says to him that she is merely just another wildflower

that grew abundantly on the plains there.

- She is calling herself a common lily

that grew in the lowlands.

Illustration:

I told a woman in our church

that she was wearing a pretty dress.

I asked if it was a new one!

She said, “Heavens, No! It’s an old dress!

NOW…even though she sort of downplayed my compliment.

I suspect that she enjoyed hearing what I said!

It’s the same thing here!

The Shulamite girl tries to downplay the compliments..

She is hearing from her shepherd boy…

But she enjoyed the compliment

and truly wanted to hear more.

2. The shepherd speaks.

- Song 2:2

" Like a lily among thorns,

So is my love among the daughters.

- He turns her attempts to downplay his compliments

By using her own words to compliment her once again.

He says compared to the rest of the women,

even those in Solomon’s harem,

he saw her as a lily among the thorns.

Application:

It’s important for us to encourage the person that we love!

Tell your spouse “I love you!” several times every day!

3. The Shulamite speaks.

- Song 2:3

Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,

So is my beloved among the sons.


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