Song of Solomon

Chapter 8

"The Conclusion; the Shulamite Restored."

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

Song of Solomon 8:1 "O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! When I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised."

The translation is messed up a bit, from the Massorah text. She is saying that no matter if my own brothers came to mock and critize you, I would not be ashamed to kiss you before them, or to show my love for you. Are you ashamed to show your love for Christ in the presence of your family members or others that are around you? This Shulamite girl is saying that her love is so strong for the Shepherd, that there is no one that she would be ashamed to tell of her love for the Shepherd to.

Song of Solomon 8:2 "I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate."

She is stressing the point that it is important that you let our Shepherd know that you love Him. He created you for that purpose, that not only that He would love us, but that we would love Him in return. Our Savior has emotions also, and that is why it is important to express our love for Him. When you love someone in your flesh bodies, it is important that you tell that someone of that love you have for him (or her), because it binds you to him (or her). This is spiritually what also happens when you express your love to God, for it not only binds Him to you, but you to Him.

Song of Solomon 8:3 "His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me."

This is to remind us that we are never alone when we have Jesus Christ as our Good Shepherd. His Holy Spirit is always there to embrace you, and to lift you up to Himself. He will comfort you when it seems like nothing is going your way.

Song of Solomon 8:4 "I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please."

The Shulamite girl is speaking to those daughters of Jerusalem. She is telling them them that they just leave Him alone until it is time for His coming. This is actually a warning to the daughters of Jerusalem. Remember that the daughters of Jerusalem represent those practicing their false religious doctrines and traditions. Even though the false Messiah will come, many that call themselves Christians will fall to Satan's deceptions because of traditions such as the rapture doctrine. She is telling these daughters of Jerusalem that nothing they say shall cause her Shepherd to come before the day of His appointed time.

We are not to hate those that are deceived, but to pray for those that believe those false doctrines, that they may come to know the truth and hold fast for the day of our Lord Jesus Christ's return.

The daughters of the court will now answer the Shulamite girl [God's elect].

Song of Solomon 8:5 "Who is this that cometh up form the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee."

apple tree - 8598 tappuwach (tap-poo'-akh); from 5301; an apple (from its fragrance), i.e. the fruit or the tree (probably includ. others of the pome order, as the quince, the orange, etc.): KJV-- apple (tree). See also 1054.

Those daughters of Jerusalem have heard this Shulamite girl, and what she said to them was strange to their thinking. They want to know who she is.

Then the Shepherd answers them; "I raised her love up so she would be attracted to Me from the very beginning". Have you ever fallen in love with someone, and tried to cause the one you love to fall in love with you. That is what He is talking about here. From the very beginning, before the foundations of this earth flesh age, our Father tried to raise our love for Him, just as He as loved us from the time He created us.

Spiritually He is telling us that just as He is love sick over His elect, He desires those that love him to remain true to Him. If He touches the heart of an individual, and they repent and are drawn to Him, He then loves them as this Shepherd loves His Shulamite girl.

Song of Solomon 8:6 "Set thee as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame."

This Shulamite girl then gives her answer her Shepherd. The "seal" is the signet of a King's ring, and it shows ownership, and something that is fixed and cannot be changed. She is committing her love and herself to Him even to death.

There has been much lost in the translations from the Massorah text of the original manuscripts, for in that text is the beauty of the love of this girl for Her Shepherd. The "most vehement flame," which is to say the flame of Almighty God our Father. That flame is a comsuming fire that cleanses our very souls, and causes love to grow strong; and it destroys jealousy and anything that would come against those that love Him.

The time that this "most vehement flame", the consuming fire, takes place is the first day of the Millennium, which is the last day of this flesh age, so this dates this entire chapter.

Song of Solomon 8:7 "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned."

be contemned - 936 buwz (booz); a primitive root; to disrespect: KJV-- contemn, despise, X utterly. to despise, to hold in contempt, to hold as insignificant; (Qal) to despise, to show despite toward.

There is nothing of material substance that can destroy true love, it is the strongest bonding force in the world. This is saying that if a rich man offered all of his material things that he owned to buy ones love, the mere thought would cause the one he loved to despise him. Love can not be bought, and it is an insult when the thought even exists. Love can only originate from within you, and that love flows out to Him that you love.

Even though Jesus Christ is the Living God, He cannot force you to love Him, for then it would not be natural love, and that is why we have free choice. The desire must be developed from within the heart and spirit of your very soul, and from that desire you seek after Him. Love must be freely given or it isn't love.

Song of Solomon 8:8 "We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?"

This Shulamite girl's brothers had teased her somewhat, and had taken her from the flocks, and placed her in the vineyard to work in the hot sun. They tried to put her away whereby she would have not been seen by the Shepherd. This verse could be very easily misunderstood because it was given as a Hebrew idiom. It was not that she did not posses breasts, but it meant that she had never given suck, meaning that she had never born a child. So it is saying that when someone comes to ask for her, these brothers then will say; what shall we say to them on that day?

This has a spiritual application, and remember that in this chapter the time that is given is the day of the return of the Shepherd. That day of Christ is the first day of the Millennium. That is when Christ, the good Shepherd returns for His Shulamite girl, the elect of God and all those that are sealed in their minds with the Truth of God's Word. We discussed early Jesus warning in Matthew 24:19; "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"

The reference here is that when Christ has returned to receive His virgin bride, the indication that she is with child and has given suck to a child, indicates that she has been unfaithful. She has taken another husband before the true husband has arrived on the scene. It means that she has been deceived by Satan in his role as Antichrist, and Satan has taken her to wife. She has been deceived and is not a virgin spiritually, for she is no longer part of the bride of Christ. It means that she has followed the traditions of the rapture doctrine and other false doctrines of men and has been taken out of season. The choice is yours. Though it talks of the Shulamite girl as a woman, in that this is given in the spiritual sense for the bride of Christ, she represents both men and woman that claim the name of Christ and are part of the elect of God.

Song of Solomon 8:9 "If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar."

cedar - 730 'erez- cedar
a) a cedar tree
b) cedar timber, cedar wood (in building)
c) cedar wood
(in purifications)

boards - 3871 luwach or luach-
a board, a slab, a tablet, a plank
a) tablets (of stone)
b) boards (of wood)
c) plate (of metal)

These brothers are saying that if she be a wall, if she has kept all others away from her, if she has kept herself a virgin and has not been deceived, then when we give her to wife, we will give her to another as a virgin. To enclose this girl in "boards of cedar" means that these brothers have kept insects, or spiritually things that can erode away her faith, from her. She has been preserved in truth.

Song of Solomon 8:10 "I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour."

Here the Shulamite girl answers; She said that she has kept herself from other, with that wall of faith, and she has remained true against those deceivers that would take her virginity spiritually [referring to the Antichrist, and his flood of lies]. She has her eyes set on only one, her beloved the Shepherd. She is giving her answer to the Shepherd that what was spoken of in verse nine. She is saying that she has remained true to her lover, the one that she has found favor with.

Song of Solomon 8:11 "Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver."

"Baal-hamon" means the "Lord of the multitude". Remember that Jesus used this story of the king that let out the vineyard unto the keepers, and went away for a long time. This parable was told in Matthew 21:33-41.

We are also reminded that the last battle on the earth is with God and that battle is with the forces of a multitude of nations, of which "Gog" was the leaders. This also took place on the same day as this chapter is in reference to, the last day of this flesh age. That battle is called the battle of Hamon-gog in Ezekiel 39:11, 12; And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it the valley of Hamon-gog" [11] "And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land." [12]

"That day" spoken of here is the last day of this earth age of the flesh, and Ezekiel moves right from that battle into the Millennium age, for the Lord Jesus Christ returns on that day. I hope you are starting to get the spiritual application of this chapter. This Shulamite girl represents the elect that has remained true, and kept herself from being deceived by the Antichrist and his beastly one world religious system. Those of the Shulamite girl, the elect, have remained sealed in their minds and virgins spiritually, and now the day has come, when she is to be presented to her bridegroom as a chaste virgin.

That day is identified as "the day that the master of the vineyard returns to claim His vineyard," and to put down the forces of Gog [Russia] and her allies, in the battle of Hamon-gog, or as stated here, "Baal-hamon". The "lord of the multitude" that is put down is Satan the Antichrist, for on that day he, and all his forces will be taken away.

Friend, on which side will you be on at that time, will you be on the side of the Shulamite girl, the elect and sealed of God? Or you will be one of those that have been taken by Satan the fake Messiah because you allowed your mind to be clouded with false doctrine, and chased after Satan's lies and deceptions?

Song of Solomon 8:12 "My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred."

Song of Solomon 8:13 "Thou that dwellest in thy gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it."

When you hear and understand the Word of God, do you repeat it and teach it?

Song of Solomon 8:14 "Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices."

Remember the closing verses of Chapter two and the closing verses there. She said in that verse; "Until the daybreak, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether." The "daybreak", is the Lords day. The "mountains of Bether" meant "the houses, or nations of division", or "nations of separation".

Until that day comes, the world will be divided into divisions and separated from one another. That day is the day in the near furture when Jesus Christ comes to earth to set up His kingdom.

Now in this fourteenth verse, the Shepherd has come, and the girl is making haste to run to her Beloved the Shepherd, and the roe and young hart is upon the mountains of "Besamim" in the Hebrew; which means that there are no separation of the mountains or nations at this time. Christ will reign upon the earth as the King over the entire earth and all nations. There will be no more separation.

Though this is an analogy between a girl and her Shepherd love, it shows us the relationship and emotions that Christ the Shepherd has for his love and virgin bride, and His spouse the elect. Even when the stark reality of the troubles of this world comes, this love grows even stronger and more committed. When they beat you, and persecute you as the watchman did to this beautiful maiden, and insulted her by pulling away her veil, she knew that her Shepherd's love was still strong. She remained true to Him right to the day of His coming when there would be no more separation from Him.

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