Song Of Solomon
This book was written by King Solomon approximately, near the middle of the tenth century B.C.
There are many interpretations of the Song of Solomon, one of which sees this book as a highly poetic description of an actual love relationship focusing on the joy of married love as a gift of a good and loving God.
A question could rightly be raised how Solomon-who had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines-was an appropriate representative of Godly love? If you take the view this romance was genuine, then you will have to conclude this must have taken place early in his reign.
The book is a love song sung by the two lovers; the shepherd-king and the Shulamite maiden. Solomon appears first as a young shepherd who falls in love with the Shulamite girl. He promises to return again one day to marry her. In his absence, she dreams about their reunion. When he returns, to her surprise he appears as King Solomon himself. Accompanied by his entire entourage, he takes her back to Jerusalem in his royal coach to become his bride.
As the relationship developed the beauty and wonder of a romance unfolded between Solomon and his bride. The intensity of love affected the hearts, minds and bodies of the two lovers. The power of God’s love requires more than the language of feeling to protect it.
God wants sexual expression to be motivated by love and commitment, not lust. It is for mutual pleasure, not selfish enjoyment. Sex is God’s gift, but restricts its expression to those committed to each other in marriage. The physical and emotional union of male and female, should be a holy means of celebrating love, producing children and experiencing pleasure, protected by the commitment of marriage. Sex is important, and the Bible contains numerous guidelines for its use and warnings about its misuse!
This story serves as a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ’s love for His Bride, the church, for whom He promises one day to return. As you read this book, remember that you are loved by God, and commit yourself to seeing life and marriage from his point of view.