Preserved Words Bible Studies a Part of First Love Ministries Guest Post Series
Song of Solomon
a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots…
Song 1:9-10 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
Let me ask first, how is your journal coming along? Are you making adjustments to your daily schedule to accommodate it? You will go through times that will try your resolve, class. Mark it down! You will also have days where there is not as much written as the day(s) before. I have that, too! But, keep at it. Get up, when you fall short, and go again! Don’t quit!
As this study has progressed, I have drawn you back to the previous lessons for good reason. Connectivity, and completeness of teaching. It causes us to re-read passages, and in that, getting them well established in our hearts. This week is no different.
The shepherds’ tents from last week,are also to be seen as the books and words of the Bible. They are the words inspired through the holy men of God, given to us, to shepherd us through this life! Now……
Last week, we saw words spoken back to the bride by her shepherd, and love, Solomon. This week is a continuation of his words. This week we also have a look at something, in the descriptions OF her, by the groom, that are strange to Western thought. When I courted my wife, I did not tell her she looked like “chariots” of a foreign army. Look at Song 4:1-4, 6:5-6, and 7:4. I did not tell her her nose looked like a tower or that her eyes looked like fish pools. What Solomon was using was what he saw as beautiful. He tells her of the strength that he sees in her… the beauty as it pertains to his life. He is telling her, that she is beautiful to him, in the ways he sees beauty. His words speak to her…of and from his heart! What is beautiful to Christ?
Notice also, he says “O my love…” This is spoken, overt,outward affection. Has Jesus not said as much… of and to us? How do we respond? Did He not say it overtly… on the cross. Please stop and re-read Eph. 5:25-27. Jesus had no half-stepping, love by word only!
Wesley says, “That he might present it – Even in this world. To himself – As his spouse. A glorious church – All glorious within. Not having spot – Of impurity from any sin. Or wrinkle – Of deformity from any decay.” Are we? Are we self-kept? Solomon spoke with great affection, and great one-ness OF his affections. So did, and so DOES Jesus! Do we in return?
But I want to move to something here. Pharaoh’s chariots were those of an army. A mighty army. They were decked out with things of beauty. They were stately. They were powerful. They were strong. They were an army!