Project 66 (part 8a of 22)

Today’s portions are found in the Song of Songs from the King of Kings,
the Dirge from the Suffering Savior, and
from the Lament of Jeremiah.

Song of Songs 6:3 – Jesus is My Beloved

My favorite all time author and preacher is Charles Spurgeon, and he aptly described Song of Solomon like this:

“The Song of Solomon is the central Book of the Bible;
it is the innermost shrine of divine revelation,
the holy of holies of Scripture;
and if you are living in communion with God,
you will love that Book,
you will catch its spirit, and
you will be inclined to cry with the spouse,
‘Make haste, my Beloved.’

And while it is in the heart of the Bible because it is the heart of the Beloved to His bride, there are many different interpretations of it. For example:

  1. It is a collection of independent poems (23) dealing with the subject of love, either written or gathered by Solomon.
  2. It is written to celebrate the marriage of Solomon to Pharaoh’s daughter
  3. It is strictly an historical account of how Solomon wooed and won a fair maiden from Lebanon, and their mutual love
  4. It is strictly an historical account of how a shepherd and a maiden stayed faithful in their love for each other, in spite of the attempts by Solomon to turn the latter to himself.
  5. It is not historical only (if at all), and serves mainly as an allegory.
    An allegory of what you might ask…
    again, many interpretations:
    • The deliverance of Israel from Egypt, their wilderness wanderings and their entrance into Canaan
    • Union of Jehovah with Ancient Israel
    • Union of Christ and the Church
    • Love-life of the soul with the Lord

Being that I am not married, nor even romantically involved with anyone, I can’t quite read this book as a treatise about sex, love and intimacy in the marriage quite the way Tommy Nelson does (though Tommy’s book does make for a great read!).

I have been greatly blessed reading it as an allegory (while recognizing that it is historical as well) of the love-life of the soul with the Lord.

The three chief characters are:

  • Solomon = World
  • Shulamite Woman = the Individual Soul (me)
  • Shepherd/Lover = Christ

The story is a beautiful country girl from Shunem was surprised by the king on one of his journeys to the north (6:11ff). She was brought to Jerusalem and placed in the royal palace (1:4-5), where, as the poem opens, the ladies of the harem (daughters of Jerusaelm) are singing the praises of Solomon.

The king himself makes great efforts to win the affection of the Shulamite (1:9, etc). But she remains faithful to the memory of her Shepherd/Lover (1:7, etc), who at last, appears, and is allowed by the magnanimous monarch to return to His mountain home with His bride (8:5ff).

Climax of the story is 8:6-7.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.

Song of Songs 6:3

Rooted Together with Christ, my Beloved

Now as for the portion of this beautiful song that is part of Project 66

I am my Beloved’s,
And my Beloved is mine.
He feeds His flock among the lilies.

This is the reverse order of Song of Songs 2:16

My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.

A dark season ensued between 2:16 and 6:1.

So now we see that after that dark tumultuous time, the grounds of security is based on Christ’s love towards me, rather than mine towards Him, as it was in 2:16.

What a comfort to know that I am Jesus’. That He even wants me, desires me. And that He allows me to call Him “mine,” likes it when I “show Him off” as mine!

Where Jesus is, there is growth and life and beauty. “He feeds His flock among the lilies.” That conjures up the green pastures found in Psalm 23!

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