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 Purpose:To tell of the love between a bridegroom (King Solomon) and his bride, to affirm the sanctity of marriage, and to picture God's love for his people  
 Author: Solomon
 Date written: Probably early in Solomon's reign 
 Setting: Israel- the Shulammite woman's garden and the king's palace
 Key verse: "I am my lover's, and my lover is mine. He browses among the lilies"
 Key people: King Solomon, the  young woman of Shulam, and friends

Waiting Until the Right Time

3:5 We live in a day when human sexuality is seemingly in chaos. Sexually transmitted diseases are epidemic. Teenage pregnancies are skyrocketing. Distinctions between genders have become confused. The merits of teaching abstinence are debated. The consequences of not teaching abstinence are dire. Virginity is commonly mocked.
In the midst of this confusion, the Song of Solomon declares a foundational principle for lovers. Three times it gives the exhortation: “Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases” (Song 2:7; 3:5; 8:4). In this way the poem recognizes that the erotic passions of youth can be aroused before a relationship of true commitment has been established.
Isaac and Rebekah
Gen. 24:1–67)
A father seeks and finds a wife for his son, and the young couple love each other deeply.
Jacob and Rachel
Gen. 29:1–30)
Jacob labors 14 years for his father-in-law in order to gain Rachel as his wife.
Boaz and Ruth
Ruth 3–4)
Legal technicalities bring together a Moabite widow and a wealthy landowner of Bethlehem, and through them a king is descended.
Elkanah and Hannah
1 Sam. 1–2)
A woman is loved by her husband despite being childless, and God eventually blesses her with the birth of a son, who becomes a mighty judge over Israel.
David and Michal
1 Sam. 18:20–30)
Genuine love is manipulated by a jealous king, but instead of ridding himself of his nemesis, the ruler gains a son-in-law.
Solomon and the Shulamite
(Song of Solomon)
The commitments and delights of two lovers are told in a beautiful romantic poem.
Hosea and Gomer
Hos. 1:1–3:5)
God calls the prophet Hosea to seek out his adulterous spouse and restore the relationship despite what she has done.
Christ and the Church
Eph. 5:25–33)
Having won His bride’s salvation from sin, Christ loves and serves her as His own body, thereby setting an example for husbands everywhere.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Cnt 3.5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. ”
Song 2:1
“His banner over me was love. ”
Song 2:4
“Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases. ”
Song 2:7; 3:5; 8:4
“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. ”
Song 7:10
“Love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave. ”
Song 8:6
“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. ”
Song 8:7
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Cnt 1.5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Blueprint

  1. The wedding day (1:1-2:7)

  2. Memories of courtship (2:8-3:5)

  3. Memories of engagement (3:6-5:1)

  4. A troubling dream (5:2-6:3)

  5. Praising the bride's beauty (6:4-7:9)

  6. The bride's tender appeal (7:9-8:4)

  7. The power of love (8:5-14)

  Song of Songs is a wedding song honoring marriage. The most explicit statements on sex in the Bible can be found in this book. It has often been criticized down through the centuries because of its sensuous language.

  The purity and sacredness of love represented here, however, age greatly needed in our day in which distorted attitudes about love and marriage are commonplace. God created sex and intimacy, and they are holy and good when enjoyed within marriage. A husband and wife honor God when they love and enjoy each other.   

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