Song of Solomon

Chapter 6

"The Shulamite Girl With the Court Ladies; and With the King."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org

Song of Solomon 6:1 "Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee."

This Shulamite girl now has the attention of these daughters of the court. She has witnessed to them, and the Spirit has moved upon them to where they now seek after this same beloved. Remember this is an analogy using the love story between the Shulamite girl, a country girl, and her Shepherd lover, who is the Christ. It is like a parable, and the girl is both in the form of the Shepherd's wife, and bride to be. The girl as the wife of the Shepherd is the elect, chosen before the foundations of this earth age, while as the bride of the Shepherd, are those who by their own free will have accepted the Shepherd through repentance.

Then this girl from the vineyard answers the ladies of the court.

Song of Solomon 6:2 "My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies."

Again you must remember, if you want to get the the full meaning of this, this Shulamite girl who is his lover, is called "His garden". She is the lilies that He is preparing to collect. The "elect" is that "rose of Sharon".

Song of Solomon 6:3 "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies."

The Shulamite girl is declaring that the Shepherd is hers, and Her lover. She is declaring that the Shepherd is feeding the flock. What is said here to us, is that you must be one of His flock before you can seek the good Shepherd. Understand that when you accept Jesus Christ then you become part of that garden that this Shepherd [Christ] seeks. Then He answers:

Song of Solomon 6:4 "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners."

"Tirzah" in the Hebrew text means "delight". To Christ the Shepherd you are beautiful, and His delight is in you when you repent, and you are free from the burden and filth of sin. You become pure as the dove. He is comparing His love to the beauty of Jerusalem by night. He is saying that you become as awesome as an army with banners.

In Isaiah when it speaks of the marriage to Christ, we see the new name given "Hephzibah" which translates to "my delight is in her".

Isaiah 62:4-5 "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."

Hephzibah - 2657  Chephtsiy bahh- Hephzi-bah = "my delight is in her"; 1) the queen of King Hezekiah and mother of Manasseh 2) a name for Jesusalem (figurative)

Beulah
1166  ba` al- to marry, to rule over, to possess, to own
a) (Qal)
1) to marry, to be lord (husband) over
2) to rule over
b) (Niphal) to be married  

Have you ever seen an army marching in formation, in rank and file, and everyone marching crisply to the step and beat. Before their ranks go the colors of the Flags of the nation, as well as the colors of their unit. As they pass by you can feel the chill go down your spine in awh, with respect for what that banner represents. The Shepherd, Christ is saying that when He sees His Shulamite, his elect and bride, that is the feeling He has before them. You know our Lord has emotions. He is saying that when you seek Him, then you have it all together.

Song of Solomon 6:5 "Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead."

This is the Shepherd speaking to the Shulamite girl, and to the flock, those that seek after Him in repentance. He knows the joy in the soul of those that seek Him, and He is telling us that He needs that joy and love to be shown to Him also. He desires it. After all that the Shepherd has given to you, can you not show the same love and respect back to Him? Have you told Him that you love Him? That is what He desires from you, your love. He is worthy of your love, and then you will see His blessings. That love can only be placed in you by the Spirit of God.

Song of Solomon 6:6 "Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them."

This is the Shepherd talking about His thoughts of His love, the Shulamite, her teeth are like a flock of sheep that is full and beautiful after the washing. Where every on beareth twins, is a reflection that she is very fruitful.

Song of Solomon 6:7 "As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks."

Just like it was discussed in the last chapter, the pomegranate is know for its many seeds, and the much fruit that it bears. Pomegranates were also arrayed on the top of the pillars of Solomon's temple, in two rows of one hundred, a number representing the elect.

Jeremiah 52:22-23 "And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these. And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about."

pomegranate - 7416 rimmown (rim-mone'); or rimmon (rim-mone'); from 7426; a pomegranate, the tree (from its upright growth) or the fruit (also an artificial ornament): KJV-- pomegranate. As pomegranate-shaped ornaments in the Temple.

Song of Solomon 6:8 "There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number."

Solomon had many queens and concubines in his palace, and many other maidens. This is an analogy also comparing the Shepherd and His kingdom.

Song of Solomon 6:9 "My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praise her."

His dove [the Shulamite] however is the the true love of the Shepherd, we are speaking of God's elect that know the Good Shepherd, they know His Word, and they will remain true until He comes for her. Even the daughter of Jerusalem, the queens and concubines who desire the Shepherd will bless her.

Though this is an analogy, we are talking about the undefiled in the first earth age that did not bow to Satan. At that time and age one third of all of God's children, the sons of God foresook the creator, and went to follow and and bow to Satan. However, there were a few that did not bow, or remain indifferent, but took a stand on the side of the creator, or heavenly Father, and because of that stand they became special to the Father, and they are the ones called the elect of God.

Song of Solomon 6:10 "Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?"

"Terrible" in the Strong's Hebrew dictionary, is identified as "a patron" [a banner], and Christ is her banner. She is constant and clear in her mind as she remains a patron and committed to her love, the Shepherd.

Song of Solomon 6:11 "I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded."

The girl went down quite innocently into this garden of nuts, with no design on her part, simply to see if it was spring, to see if was nearing the time of her Shepherd's return. She observed observed the signs of the times.

Song of Solomon 6:12 "Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Ammi-nadib."

There are so many renderings of this verse that this verse's text is considered hopelessly corrupt by modern critics. This is why we must continue to follow the Massorah text for understanding, and the notes of the Companion Bible. This is also why most churches today are afraid to teach from this book of "The Song of Solomon".

Here however, this Shulamite girl observed the things that she observed, and it made her homesick. Do you remember the two sisters "Ammi", and "Lo-ammi" from the book of Hosea? It is talking about "the people". "Ammi" is "My people", and "Lo-ammi" is "not My people". "Nadib" means "royality", so we see that this girl [the elect] will be decked out, and dressed up to be presented to her Shepherd lover with the pride and in a royal chariot before the people. She is one of God's elect.

Song of Solomon 6:13 "Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies."

We now hear one of the daughters of the court. She desires greatly for the Shulamite girl to return to her, and give answer to them concerning her Shepherd love, that she may know her lover also. Then the Shulamite gives answer to her and asks, What do you want to see in me, for I am just a plain country girl? Then the Shepherd give answer to them, "As it were the company of two armies."

There are two armies, the hosts of heaven and the hosts of earth, in the final generation. We are reminded of God's heavenly hosts, that are constantly with Him in Genesis 32:2, where Jacob say these heavenly hosts in his vision. "And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim" The name "Mahanaim" in the Hebrew tongue means "two camps, or armies".

This is looking to the end time when there will be two armies of God joined together, one descending from heaven with Christ, and the other here on earth, triumphantly resisting Satan the Antichrist, and witnessing against him during his time on earth. Then, at the coming of the Lord, we shall all be changed in the wink of an eye into the new spiritual eternal bodies. Then both armies will be marching to the Father's will.

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