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Summary: This is the seventh 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 7

Song of Solomon 3:1-5

1 THE SHULAMITE

By night on my bed I sought the one I love;

I sought him, but I did not find him.

2"I will rise now," I said,

"And go about the city;

In the streets and in the squares

I will seek the one I love."

I sought him, but I did not find him.

3The watchmen who go about the city found me;

I said,

"Have you seen the one I love?"

4Scarcely had I passed by them,

When I found the one I love.

I held him and would not let him go,

Until I had brought him to the house of my mother,

And into the chamber of her who conceived me.

5I 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.

The words of the Shulamite girl to King Solomon’s court ladies

continues in this chapter.

This short and sweet little passage is often misunderstood.

Let’s take a closer look at what she is saying.

1. On my bed, I sought him.

Song 3:1

THE SHULAMITE

By night on my bed I sought the one I love;

I sought him, but I did not find him.

The misunderstanding of this verse…

Shows us why this book to be taught to married couples.

We must remember, the Shulamite girl and the shepherd boy

are only betrothed to one another!

They were like Joseph & Mary.

Luke 1:26-34

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" 29But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." 34Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"

Likewise, the Shulamite girl and shepherd boy were engaged.

Verse 1 does not teach that they were in bed together…

nor had ever been in bed together.

It teaches very simply, while she was separated from her betrothed:

She thought about him at night while lying in her bed.

* She missed him terribly.

* She deeply desired to be with him.

* But she could not have that desire fulfilled now.

- She tries to explain this to the rest of the harem.

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- They just didn’t understand her refusal

to forget about the shepherd

and get on with her life as one of Solomon’s many wives.

2. I will rise now, and go about the city.

Song 3:2

"I will rise now," I said, "And go about the city;

In the streets and in the squares

I will seek the one I love."

I sought him, but I did not find him.

She told these other women that she could not sleep!

- She got up and went looking for her shepherd.


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