Song of Solomon
"The Shulamite and Her Beloved, Together."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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We will now see this Shulamite [girl] as she is in a state of daydreaming, or wishing thoughts. In that the Shepherd is not with her, but she is concentrating so very much on His love, that it seems real to her. She is searching and watching very much like we are today, as the second advent of Christ's return has not taken place yet. However, Christ is still very much with us in Spirit. We can feel the touch of His Holy spirit, and enjoy the comfort that He gives even though Christ is not with us in person.
Song of Solomon 3:1 "By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not."
The Shulamite, country girl is speaking of her dreams of her loved one.
Song of Solomon 3:2 "I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not."
She is now going to look for Him out in the streets and throughout the community. Keep in mind that we are speaking of souls here; so the analogy is kept fixed in your mind. She sought him everywhere in the city, yet she could not find her Shepherd. Is there times in your life that you sought Him also and could not find Him? Has doubt ever entered your mind that perhaps He doesn't love me anymore? The Shepherd's love is always loyal and true, even when we fall short.
Song of Solomon 3:3 "The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, "Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?"
"The watchmen" are those that are Christians that are suppose to be watching and alerting others that the enemy is coming close. The "watchmen" are to know the signs of the times, and the difference between the true Shepherd, and the fake shepherd. When the Shulamite girl went to the watchman to ask them if they had seen the Shepherd? Of course the answer would be no.
Implied in the manuscripts, they scolded her for even inquiring.
Song of Solomon 3:4 "It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me."
This is the Shulamite talking to the ladies of the court, in Jerusalem; the ladies of the kings court. This Shulamite girl is telling them that this Shepherd brought her to the very roots of her family and family ties.
Song of Solomon 3:5 "I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please."
She is charging these ladies of the court, the daughters of Jerusalem. "By the roes [gazelles] and the hinds [deer] of the field" is an expression meaning, "by all that is true and free". She found her Shepherd in the state of the dream of her thought. This is like you would say today; Do not be impatient with your love, for He will come at His appointed time. Do not expect Him before the second advent, for only God Himself knows when the moment of the second advent is, and there is still work to be done.
Now the women of the court are responding to her.
Song of Solomon 3:6 "Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
The ladies of the court, the daughters of Jerusalem are asking just who this country girl is that comes to them with such authority, and smelling so fine with all her perfume on. Speaking down of the Shulamite girl, it wasn't so much that she was painted up, as it was the long span of time working under the hot sun.
Song of Solomon 3:7 "Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; three score valiant are about it, of the valiant of Israel."
We are now changing the setting to the King, and his chambers. Sixty strong men are standing around his bed for his protection, the best in the king's army.
Song of Solomon 3:8 "They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night."
Song of Solomon 3:9 "King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon."
The "wood of Lebanon" is always the symbol of the "evergreen", the "eternal life". It is an eternal chariot, and an eternal way of transportation into the life hereafter.
Song of Solomon 3:10 "He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of Gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem."
What it is saying here is that these daughters of the court, the daughters of Jerusalem, are looking down on this wild country girl who is looking for her Shepherd man. They are telling her this. These women of the king are boasting that their husband, the king has made everything perfect for them. He has decked them in gold, with pillers of silver and the purple coverings of royality. Solomon had a thousand wives, and decked them all out in fine splender.
This Shulamite girl is going to answer to them.
Song of Solomon 3:11 "Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart."
She is telling these daughters of Zion in scolding and reproof to go forth and seek out their king. It is too bad that those "daughters of the court", the "daughters of Jerusalem [Zion]", that is to say the children of the Church that call themselves Christians, do not understand the words of the country girl, and her Shepherd. Remember of this country girl, that the Shepherd has already taken for His wife. She is the elect that were taken in that first earth age by their stand for God, taken during the rebellion by Satan when one third of the hosts of heaven fell also.
The Shepherd shows His love for this country girl and His loyality to her, while she has this driving passion to be with Him, and He is completely committed to her. Though the Shulamite girl know she has the commitment both to and from the Shepherd, she passionately is urging these daughters of Zion that do not have that spiritual bonding with their king to seek out that love for themselves. This country girl will never be deceived, however many of the ladies of the court that are so well off will be deceived.
Today we tell those around us to go forth also and seek out the King of kings for He is coming. The elect of God know the truth. The elect know the difference between Christ, and the other men of armor of spiritual warfare that stand around the kings bed and present themselves as defenders of the faith. The elect being this Shulamite country girl are urging those daughters of the court, those that call themselves Christians, not to sit by and rely on the gold and silver and royal promises that are given from these spiritual "valiant men of Israel", but seek out a personal touch with your husband, the King.
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