This week I am studying Song of Solomon 3:6–5:1. It is a very pivotal portion of the Song of Songs because Solomon is contrasted with the Shepherd-Lover distinctly. I have called the message “Christ Wins the Contest for the Church’s Love” as I take into account that this is a typological drama of the church and her Shepherd (cf. Ephesians 5:32) as well as a portion of Wisdom Literature traditionally read at the Jewish Passover, meant to teach us wisdom. The Initial Outline on Song of Solomon 3:6–5:1 from Calvin G. Seerveld is as follows. I am using Seerveld in this regard, that he best gets the Song and captures especially here what is going on.
King Solomon with a large bodyguard and horses, arrives on the scene in pompous splendor, and makes a flattering, lewd speech describing to her directly the charms of her body (3:6–4:7).
In contrast, a respectful yearning song by the country lover searching for his “bride-to-be,” comparing her to a well-kept, fragrant garden and a protected spring of sparkling water (4:8–5:1).
This is important on two levels: First, in regards to personal application, someone who has a pornographic mind like Solomon can only be renewed in mind by getting a mind like Christ’s. Second, in regards to the main message to the church, there is here the way a shepherd should be confident in God that the church will obey God’s commands. For example, the apostle Paul speaks this way in 2 Thessalonians 3 saying,
2 Thessalonians 3:1–5 ESV “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
With that said, please pray for me as I endeavor to work through this lengthy portion of text and may what comes forth be congruent with God’s will for his beautifully well-kept church. Amen.
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