The Song of Songs is one book I don't ever remember reading or hearing much of in church growing up except in wedding ceremonies or as toasts in invitation cards. There are many gems in the pages of this book and it's a privilege to share them with you. But first, an introduction.
This book begins with the sentence 'the song of songs which is Solomon's' and from there two titles have been derived for this song. The Song of Solomon and The Song of Songs. The Song of Solomon points to its author while The Song of Songs expresses the superiority of the song just like we say King of kings or Lord of lords.
Even though it is more popularly known as the Song of Solomon I chose to stick with the title Song of Songs because to me it portrays that of all songs that could be written, this song of love is the greatest just like Christ's love for us is the greatest of all loves.
This book can be interpreted in many ways, one is as a depiction of marital love but the lessons from this series are based on interpretation as a depiction of the love between Jesus Christ and His Bride. His Bride referring to the church as a whole and most importantly the individual believer.
Three reasons why we are studying this book:
Well, I've already mentioned two of the three prominent characters of this song.
First is the Bridegroom, often referred to as the beloved who according to this book is King Solomon. To us however, our beloved is Jesus our Bridegroom King who sacrificed His very life to betroth us to Himself.
The second is the Bride, referring in this case to the Shulamite, Solomon's love interest. But like I said before represents the church and most specifically the individual Christian: you and me.
The third category are the daughters of Jerusalem who in this case refer to believers who have come to salvation but haven't awoken to the individuality of God's love. They are saved, yes but have no intimate relationship with Jesus.
Now that we've introduced our book join me tomorrow as we begin to dig into the greatest song ever.
REFLECT AND ACT: