The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Song of Solomon (also called Solomon’s Song) has been debated and misinterpreted for centuries, some believe that it is a love story or a sexual book; others think it is just plain pornography. Some believe it is an allegory about Mary the mother of Jesus, some think it is about the Church of God, and others hold to the suspicion that Solomon’s Song should not even be in the Bible.

In order for us to begin understanding any of the Book we need to discover the master-key which will unlock its meaning to us and this key will give us true spiritual understanding.

The key is Christ: Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, and in the Song of Solomon, Jesus Christ is our “beloved,” he is the bridegroom of the bride (Israel), and he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.”

Solomon’s Song 5:10; 16a:
-10: My beloved is white and ruddy {“ruddy” means red ─ “white and red,” means that he is distinguished}, the chiefest among ten thousand.
-16a: His mouth is most sweet {for he would speak the sweet words that come from God}: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, . . .

I was once at a concert with literally hundreds of thousands of people, I could not even see my friends who were only about 10 feet away because all of the faces in the crowd were so close together. Yet as Jesus Christ becomes our beloved, then we will be able to see him clearly because he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.” He said that his disciples were indeed his friends (John 15:15), and he can become our best friend.

In Solomon’s Song there are many passages that we cannot presently understand: there is nothing wrong whatsoever to admit that we do not know it all (this is an honest view). Realizing that we are not “know-it-all’s” is the first step in our quest for spirituality because we are all students of the Word.

The folly of man comes into play when we act as though we know it all when in truth we do not; it would be better to understand a single byte of Scripture than to scan a thousand verses without really knowing what we read. Instead of worrying about what we do not understand in the Song, let us focus on what we can know, for then and only then will Christ the Master-key (and Golden Thread who holds the Word together) appear in our searching hearts as he begins revealing spiritual truths to us.

The Song of Solomon can only be understood in the light that the book was written first and foremost to the twelve tribes of Israel, to the believers who anticipated and hoped in the Beloved’s coming.

All of the external interpretations given today, even with the best intentions, that leave Christ out of the picture, are in error.  Solomon’s Song was written to Israel (who were living before the coming of Christ). We cannot apply or fully understand the complete significance of what Solomon wrote because we live in the age of grace, rather than in the age of those who lived under the Old Testament Law.

But this we do know for certain, that God inspired, blessed, and sanctified every word in the book, and when we come to God’s Word knowing that Christ is the subject, then we will be able to glean tremendous truths that have been unseen for centuries.

I John 3:2a – Beloved, now {not someday, but NOW} are we the sons of God, . . .

God said of Jesus Christ “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). When God said that His Son is Beloved, it was because God was “well pleased” with him, and today God is also well pleased with us because we too are also beloved of God. However, without Christ, without knowing him as the golden thread that binds the Scriptures together, we could only condemn ourselves, never elevating our believing up to the standards that the healing Word presents to us because of our Savior Jesus Christ!

The more we see Jesus Christ as the Beloved of God, the greater he will show to us how beloved we really are to him and to our heavenly Father. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 12:42 “a greater than Solomon is here.” By referring to himself as “greater than Solomon,” he means that he came to give us understanding in order that we may absolutely know him and his Father (I John 5:20).

When we look to Jesus through the Scriptures and see him as being our true friend, and as our Beloved, we will enable him to continue revealing himself to our hearts.