Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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A letter from Brother Frank in Nigeria
Good day Pastor John,
I read the book of Songs of Solomon, the whole of it and I could not understand any verse at all, please, do you have any teaching on it or any how you can make me understand it better. And I am even wondering, I hardly see or hear anybody teaching the Songs of Solomon. Why so, is it not important?
Thanks for your help
The Song of Solomon is a parable of the consuming devotion of the bride of Christ for the Lord, and of the consuming devotion of the Lord Jesus for his bride (the faithful saints). The best lesson I have received so far from the Song of Solomon is how very good it is for us to give our whole hearts to whatever we do. When it is time to love, Solomon would tell us, love with all your heart. When it is time to give, give with all your heart. When it is time to dance, dance with all your heart. A person who lives that way can be greatly used by God.
For example, the apostle Paul fought against Jesus with all his heart until he learned that Jesus was the Messiah. After that, he served Jesus with all his heart. In fact, he put more effort into the work of God than any other apostle. He wrote, “I am the least of the apostles, I who am unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the called-out people of God, but by the grace of God, I am what I am. And His grace upon me was not in vain; on the contrary, I labored more abundantly than all of them. . . .” (1Cor. 15:9-10).
God calls us to love Him with all our hearts; in fact, Jesus said that the commandment given to Israel to love God with all their hearts was the greatest commandment ever given. But from what I have seen, most people do not know how to do anything with all their hearts, and if we cannot do natural things with the whole heart, how can we love God that way? The apostle John said as much: “. . . he who does not love his brother whom he has seen is not able to love God whom he has not seen” (1Jn. 4:20).
In the Song of Solomon, it is the time of love for the young woman, and loving her beloved is all that the young woman has on her mind; thoughts of the young man over-ride every other consideration, even her own personal safety (3:1-4; 5:7). It is wisdom to give your whole heart to anything when it is time for it, and the young couple in the Song of Solomon are wise. To them, at this time in their lives, “love is strong as death” (8:6). And this was true for them because, at this time in their lives, love was their only purpose.
That is the lesson I received from the Song of Solomon when I prayerfully read it before the Lord some years ago. I feel certain that there is more wisdom hidden in that unsurpassed love story, but I am passing along to you all that I have received from the Lord thus far.
Your servant in Christ Jesus the Lord,