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A Guide to Song of Solomon Part 2 (25 of 37)
Series: Christ in All the Scripture
Paul warned in II Tim 3.2 we would be in danger of loving ourselves! WE are betrothed to Christ. As engaged to Him we need to express love for Him!
Dr. H.A. Ironside says the key to the story is found in 8: 11. It is the recounting of a poor family of Ephraim in which there is a girl who is a sort of' Cinderella. The poverty of the family forces her into the vineyards where she meets the young shepherd. The story of their love is first told. Then he leaves her with the promise that he will return. He is absent for a long time, and she despairs of his return. One day the electrifying word is shouted along the way that King Solomon is coming by. She is not interested, and takes no further notice until word is brought her that King Solomon wants to see her. She is puzzled until she is brought into his presence where she recognizes him as her shepherd lover. He takes her to his palace in Jerusalem where most of the song takes place.
When reading the Song of Solomon, take off the shoes from the natural man, for the ground on which you stand is spiritual ground.
But what does this difficult book teach us? There are four enduring views:
1. It sets forth the "glory of wedded love" declaring the sacredness of marital relationship, and that marriage is a divine institution.
2. It sets forth the love of Jehovah for Israel. The prophets spoke of Israel as the wife of Jehovah.
3. It is a picture of Christ and the Church. The Church is the bride of Christ, a familiar figure of Scripture (2 Cor.11; Eph. 5; Rev. 21).
4. It depicts the communion of Christ and the individual believer. The soul's communion with Christ is here set forth.
Though there have been a variety of interpretations of "The Song," we shall only take into consideration one, That those who are "accepted in the beloved" have a path to follow. A path that may bring joy or sorrow ...
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