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An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 212 – Song of Songs Through Outdoor Relations  (Song of Solomon 1:1-17)

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1. Who composed the song of songs which we are about to study?

Solomon: “The song of songs, which is Solomon's” (Song of Solomon 1:1).


Š     Solomon wrote many songs (I Kings 4:30-32).


2. Does a kiss have anything to do with love?

Yes: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine” (Song of Solomon 1:2).


Š     A kiss does not just symbolize fleshly lust (Genesis 45:15 and Luke 15:20).

Š     There is a difference between a kiss based in lust (Proverbs 7:10-13) and that of brotherly love (Acts 20:36-38 and I Peter 5:14).


3. Was it just one woman who desired Solomon?

No: “(3) Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.  (4) Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee (Song of Solomon 1:3-4).


Š     Solomon loved many women (I Kings 11:1-3).

Š     God warned about a king having many women (Deuteronomy 17:15-17).

Š     God knows that we have sexual desires.  His will is that we fill those desires with one mate (I Corinthians 7:1-5).


4. Did the woman talking about Solomon seem to have some concern about her image?

Yes: “(5) I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.  (6) Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept” (Song of Solomon 1:5-6).


Š     Lust and physical attraction go hand in hand (II Samuel 11:1-5 and Proverbs 6:25).

Š     Beauty cannot be all there is to a relationship (Proverbs 31:30).

Š     Self-esteem issues will occur when physical attraction is placed at a premium (i.e. Song of Solomon 8:8-10).


5. What did this woman want to know about Solomon’s flocks and how did he answer her?

A. She wanted to know even where his flocks were kept: “Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions” (Song of Solomon 1:7)?

B. He answered her by telling her how to track the flocks: “If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents” (Song of Solomon 1:8).


Š     This may be in an attempt to locate where Solomon might be at times (cf. Genesis 37:16 and Ezekiel 34:12).

Š     Solomon calling her fairest among women indicates his attraction to her (Genesis 12:11).


6. What did Solomon compare this woman to?

A company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots: “I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots” (Song of Solomon 1:9).


Š     Solomon valued horses from Egypt (I Kings 10:28-29 and II Chronicles 1:14-17).


7. Was jewelry part of what caused Solomon to be attracted to this woman?

Yes: “(10) Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.  (11) We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver” (Song of Solomon 1:10-11).


Š     Genesis 24:43-47.

Š     In figurative terms, God used jewelry to describe beauty (Jeremiah 4:30 and Ezekiel 16:11-13).

Š     The physical relationship of a man and a woman will, with authority from God, carry some attractions that are worldly (I Corinthians 7:31-34).


8. Does fragrance have anything to do with sexual attraction?

Yes: “(12) While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.  (13) A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.  (14) My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire [henna blossoms] in the vineyards of En–gedi” (Song of Solomon 1:12-14).


Š     Esther 2:12-13, Proverbs 7:10-18, Proverbs 27:9, and Song of Solomon 4:13-16.


9. Can eyes be part of what attracts one person to another?

Yes: “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes” (Song of Solomon 1:15; cf. Song of Solomon 4:1 and Song of Solomon 5:12).


10. Was it implied that Solomon and this woman had sexual encounters outdoors?

Yes: “(16) Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.  (17) The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir” (Song of Solomon 1:16-17).


Š     They may have met outdoors at times or at a time because of how guarded Solomon was (Song of Solomon 3:7).




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