Song of Solomon
The Song of Solomon is a love poem. It depicts love in
marriage as well as love for God. It is a picture of Christ
and the church as well as the communion of Christ with each individual believer.
The bride is in the palace in Jerusalem, anticipating her meeting with
the young shepherd. Her brothers have forced her to work in
the vineyard, so she hasn't been able to fix herself up as she would
have liked. The young shepherd was somewhat evasive, and it
was curious that he had no sheep. The bride falls in love
with him, and she later discovers that he is actually King Solomon.
During her meeting with the bridegroom at the palace, the bride speaks
humbly of herself, comparing herself to the lowly flowers of the
land. The bridegroom reveals his love for her by contrasting
the lily with the thorns, and the bride speaks of her love for
him. This is a picture of the mutual love between a believer
and Christ. When the bridegroom returns form a trip, the bride is filled with happy anticipation.
The bride dreams about the bridegroom when he is away. She
seeks him at night and lets nothing stop her from finding
him. Finally, Solomon enters Jerusalem with his
bride. This is symbolic of the marriage of the Lamb in
the end times, when the church is raptured and Christ is married to his bride, the church.
The love song of the bridegroom is an expression of the deep desire
that he has for his bride. Likewise, we cannot begin to know the extent of Christ's love for us.
While the bride slept, the bridegroom was out looking for his lost
sleep, a fitting picture of Christ seeking the lost. The
bride goes out looking for the bridegroom. She asks people
along her way about him, describing him in flattering terms.
However, they are skeptical and they don't believe that he is any
different than all the other men (religious leaders).
However, she truly knows him and loves him because she knows that he stands alone in complete truth.
The daughters of Jerusalem are finally convinced that this bridegroom
is indeed genuine, and she continues to praise him. The bridegroom
expresses his love for the bride, and she responds, along with the daughters of Jerusalem.
The daughters of Jerusalem praise the beauty of the bride, and the
bridegroom speaks of his love for the bride (Christ's love for the church).
Owen Weber 2012