Sermon Notes

THE LOVE OF GOD IS GREATER FAR......
SONG OF SOLOMON CHAPTER 1, VERSES 1-6

For many of us this book is a closed book. We find the langage embarrassing and often fail to see its relevance to us. We do not need to read a loved poem and we certainly do not wish to hear it read from the pulpit.

The reason is that we tend to taske the Song of Solomon at its face value. Scholars consider that it is a love poem and there are almost as many interpretations of the book as there are commentaries. However, we need to go beyond the surface and ponder why the Book is in Sacred Scripture. 

1. The whole Bible is God-breathed; it is His Word and, as such, is relevant to all people for all time.

2. Since God spoke the words through His people we should not find the language unacceptable, even though it might be uncomfortable to our modern ears.

3. The Bible is the account of God's dealings with the sin problem of the world and so we expect to find it pointing towards the Saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. As such we see in the Bible God working out His purposes, saving penitent sinners and bringing them at last into His glorious presence. This is outlined in the Book of Revelation where we read of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).

5. Throughout the Bible we see God's relationship portrayed as a marriage relationship; when His people turn from Him, and disobey His Word,  God sees it as similar to the unfaithful behaviour of a spouse - see, for example, the Book of Hosea.

We should therefore not be surprised by the language and message of the Song of Solomon. As with the rest of the Old Testament, it looks forward to the coming of Jesus and His love for His people; the Book is more than a simple love poem; it sets out the love the Saviour has for His redeemed people.

There are two main characters, the Shulamite woman and the "Beloved." The simple story of the poem is that the Beloved (assumed to be Solomon) falls in love with the Shulamite woman, against all expectation, and we follow their relationship through to marriage and beyond. We learm what they think of each other and the depths of their feelings for each other and in so doing we come to underestand a little of Jesus' love for us.

Jesus loves the unlovely: vs. 5-6  We would expect a King to wed a princess; this King, however falls in love with a "commoner", a lady who, while attactive, perhaps, is sun-burned as a result of ther employment, that of caring for a vineyard. What a picture of Jesus' great love for us - Romans 5:8  "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Such love calls for a response - 1John 4:19  "We love Him because He first loved us."