Solomon’s Song of Songs is a love poem that illustrates love better than all the other 1,004 love Songs Solomon wrote. This Song illustrate Love, God’s flame in the heart better than any other Song. If you want to understand the love of God then this Song did it above all the other love Songs that an unmeasurable wise king wrote. This one stands above all the rest in its ability for you to see and taste the Love of God like never before.
You may ask to what benefit do we have to outlining the Song? The answer it that we get a better overall understand of the whole song especially in how it can be divided so as to understand God’s love in the progressive union of two lovers. Outlining the Song properly is key to seeing the context of this superlative love Song in the Bible. I will give 7 example of how one might divide up the Song starting with the simplest one.
As a Biblical owners manual for marriage the Love Song can most easily be divided up into 4 sections
- Courtship 1:2-2:7
- Proposal to Wedding 2:8-3:5
- Wedding day to Married life 3:6-8:3
- Conclusion 8:4-8:14
Using the 3x repeated phrase in 2:7, 3:5 and 8:4 as a guideline the Song can easily be divided up into 6 sections.
- Beginning 1:2-6
- 1st coming of Israel’s Messiah to his bride 1:7-2:7 or First date to being in his arms at the banquet hall.
- 2nd coming of her beloved 2:8-5:1 From proposal to wedding day (which includes the wedding night). Could be also a sub coming in 2:17-5
- 3rd coming of her husband and friend 5:2-8:3
- Eagerly Waiting with expectant hope for his 4th coming 8:4-8:14
Beginning, 1st date, proposal and engagement, wedding, life after marriage, conclusion.
Love arousing, love conceiving, love laboring and love giving birth. 1:2-2:7, 2:8-5:1, 5:2-8:3, 8:4-8:15. This outline is most interesting to me because it follows Song of songs 8:5 in the NIV version and others where 4 things happen under the apple tree. 1. Arousal 2. Conception 3. Labor 4. Birth
“She under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.” Solomon’s Song of Songs 8:5
- Desiring to be one with Israel’s Messiah and king/King 1:2-4
- Desiring to be one with the Daughters of Jerusalem 1:5-6
- Desiring to be one and near to Israel’s shepherd/Shepherd 1:7-2:7
- Her beloved proposes to her.
- They get engaged
- From separation at night to a stricter union with her feeling calm, peaceful and everything is okay at her mother’s house holding on to him tighter than before.
- Wedding day
- Laziness overcome after the honeymoon.
- The rest of her life leaning on her beloved.
- Concluding with her eagerly awaiting his return.
As far as union and communion go. The bride and bridegroom experience closer and closer levels of intimacy in love through their holy union and communion with each other. Or feelings of separation to feelings of greater and greater intimacy.
As it relates to the Christian life James Hudson Taylor outlines the Song in 6 sections
- The unsatisfied life and its Remedy. 1:2-2:7
- Communion broken. Restoration. 2:8-3:5
- Unbroken Communion 3:6-5:1
- Communion broken again. Restoration. 5:2-6:10
- Fruits of Recognized Union. 6:11-8:4
- Unrestrained Communion 8:5-8:14
- Desiring your new king/King 1:2-3
- Worshipping you new king/King 1:4
- Accepted into his kingdom/Kingdom 1:5-8
- Praised for your beauty and value 1:9-10
- Promise to make you more beautiful 1:11
- Beholding his/His excellencies expresses your desire to only please him/Him. 1:12
- Love highly valuing the beloved. 1:13
- Beholding the beauty and excellencies of your beloved. 1:14
- Adoring, loving and fully delighted with doves eyes transfixed on each other. 1:15-16
It is interesting to not that as the bride’s love grows so does her maturity. So also the maturity of a believer grows in phases. 1 John 2:12-14. So also the Song could be divide up into the 4 phrases of Christian growth. Babe, Child, Strong young man, Father. The Galatians, Hebrews and Corinthians were Babes tossed to and fro from believing Salvation by works and salvation by faith.
- Babe 1:2-2:7
- Child 2:8-3:5
- Strong Young Woman 3:6-8:4
- Spiritual Mother 8:5-8:14
Her first seeing his love to her rouses her love to him/Israel’s Messiah then under the apple tree she roused him. Under his love, care, protection and provision she aroused him. He desires to be roused by her. And she can rouse him by drawing nearer and each section illustrates how she did it. She pursues him by being readier for his return. She is in hot pursuit of Israel’s Messiah, therefore we see love, God’s flame which burns hotter and hotter through each phase of the union.
Interesting to note breaking the Song up into Salvation terms.
We are “married to Christ” (Rom. 7:4). Marriage involves the whole person—mind, heart, will, body. A boy meets a girl and comes to know her with his mind. Perhaps this friendship deepens and his heart is captured. But he is not yet married to her. It is not until he says “I will” that he is married. Many people know about Christ, and even have emotional feelings that are exciting, but they have never said “I will” and trusted the Lord.
When a man and woman are married, all that they are and all that they have belong to each other. Their bodies are not their own (1 Cor. 7:1–5); they live to please the other. So it is with the Christian life: our bodies belong to Christ (see Rom. 12:1–2), and we live to please Him, not the world. Satan and the world (like Solomon in our story) may try to tempt us from our devotion to Christ (James 4:4), but we must remain true to Him. When a man and woman love each other, no sacrifice is too great, no burden is too heavy. See 2 Cor. 11:2 for Paul’s warning about “spiritual adultery.”
This is perhaps the greatest lesson in Song of Solomon—the deepening communion that ought to exist between those who love each other. No matter where Solomon took the maiden, her heart was always with her beloved. She spoke of him, she dreamed of him, and when she was free, she rushed home to him. Do we have this kind of love for Christ? Do we see His beauty? (Ps. 45) Do we realize how much He loves us and longs to fellowship with us?
In Song of Solomon 5 we have an interesting picture of the believer’s communion with the Lord. The maiden is asleep, but the voice of her beloved comes from outside the door. He wants her to share her love with him, but she is too lazy to get up. “I have put off my coat; I have washed my feet.” It is as though she says, “Please, don’t bother me. I’m too comfortable.” Then she sees his hand (v. 4) and realizes her sin. Remember—his hands are pierced. She then rises, but, alas, her beloved has gone. He left some perfume at the door, but what good is the blessing without the Blesser? In trying to find her beloved, the maiden runs into trouble and discipline.
How often the Lord wants to fellowship with us during the day, but we are too busy. Like Martha (Luke 10:38–42), we are “troubled about many things.” How much happier our lives would be if we would only keep our hearts open to the stirrings of His love. Just as a loving husband and wife think of each other when apart during the day, so a faithful Christian ought to think of his Savior and fellowship with Him. In 1:1–7, the maiden sees no beauty in herself, but in 1:14–17, her beloved describes her beauty in tender words. She sees herself in 2:1 as the common rose, the ordinary lily, but the beloved sees her as a beautiful apple tree, as a lily among thorns (2:2–3). (In spite of what we sing in the familiar song, it is the woman who speaks in 2:1 and not the Lord.)
The marriage has not yet taken place. We are engaged to our Lord, and the Holy Spirit is the “divine engagement ring” (Eph. 1:13–14). We have not yet seen Him, though we love Him (1 Peter 1:8). But one day the voice of the Bridegroom will be heard, and Jesus will return for His church. Then the wonderful marriage supper will take place (Rev. 19:1–9) and we shall forever be with the Lord. No wonder the maiden closes Song of Solomon by saying, “Make haste, my beloved.” We can only add, “Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.”
Wiersbe, W. W. (1993). Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament (So). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Many evangelical scholars interpret the Song of Songs as a lyric poem which has both unity and logical progression. The major sections of the Song deal with courtship (1:2–3:5), a wedding (3:6–5:1), and maturation in marriage (5:2–8:4). The Song concludes with a climactic statement about the nature of love (8:5–7) and an epilogue explaining how the love of the couple in the Song began (8:8–14).
Deere, J. S. (1985). Song of Songs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 1008–1009). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
- In Song 8:5 Solomons gives us an outline or an easy way of dividing up the Song. This Song teaches illustrates how a wise man aroused the love of the one he loved. In his words Israel’s king says to his bride. “Under the apple tree I roused you.” Song 1:7-2:7 takes place under the apple tree. then the next day or after a season here love is conceived 2:8-5:1, love labors 5:2-8:3, love giving birth 8:4ff, oneness, perfect sweet harmony and the conclusion.
- Yearning for the king. From beginning to end. Beginning, courtship, wedding and marriage. Starts off with the bride expressing her feeling for the closest intimacy possible with Israel’s young yet wise anointed king 1:2-4. And ends with her desiring his return as the two lovers are heart to heart. They are one in reality not just positionally because of their union in love, the flame of God in them.
- From being to end its nothing but love and the jealousy that bond them.
- Day 1 1st date, proposal and engagement. 1st night. Day 2 Wedding. Wedding night 5:2-6:9 ?. Day 3 Leaning and oneness
- 1 Love aroused. 1st Meeting From 1:2-2:6 her love only grows, their union gets stricter and stricter. Freedom from slavery, acceptance into his fellowship. 2 Love conceived. 1st coming. Covenant promise made, Engagement. Wedding. 3 Love laboring in self-denial. Proving your love in the wilderness. 4 Love giving birth. Love. Jealousy. Earnestly awaiting his return.
Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.
I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.
I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.
If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28
I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.
If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.
Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.
About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.
As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.
Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.
I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.
I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.
I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.
I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.
I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.
I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.
California at age 26.
I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.
One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.
By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.
I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."
So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.
After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.
I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.
I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.
I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.
The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.
About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.
I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.
Then this life changing advice came:
A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.
In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.
I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.
About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.
I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.
So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.
I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.
Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.
About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.
Then a mission trip to Croatia.
Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.
About 3 years saved now.
I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.
Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.
I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.
Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.
My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!
I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.
God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.