Should we read this book as an allegory?

  1. We need a good reason to read any portion of scripture as allegory
  2. The history:
    • The primary way both the Jewish and Christian scholars have interpreted it as allegory
  3. This is the Song of Songs
    • solomon wrote 1005 songs this is the only one he named thus: the song from which all songs spring
      • the song to end all songs
      • the “meta” song
      • not just a tale about a guy and a girl
  4. To sexy!


Why we NEED the Song of Solomon:

  1. God is a passionate emotional God - we need to feel it - WHO HE IS
    • and often romantic or poetic language is a better doorway into experience of God’s emotions
    • he enjoys us! - it is so hard to believe this! - we must ENCOUNTER it
  2. The first Commandment - WHO HE WE ARE
    • We are the people of the First Commandment - Matt 22:37 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.
      • To love God is the highest calling the thing God desires of us most is our love for Him
    • If we want to love God we must have revelation knowledge of His love for us - Beholding and becoming
      • 1 John 4:19 - we love because he first loved us
      • Ephesians 3:17 - 20 - that you would KNOW the love of God in all its dimensions -  17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
      • 1 John 3:2 - we will be like him for we will see him as he is
      • 2 Cor 3:18 - 18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,e are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.


Make this YOUR song:

  1. Take this song to the secret place!  Let it become the love language between you and Jesus!  
    • this is true of the whole Bible
    • When you are given something to believe - a truth about God or yourself
      • thank you for this
      • help me to know it in fullness - show me more
      • I want to experience this beyond head knowledge
    • When you are commanded to do something - told to obey
      • forgive me
      • help me obey it
      • help me understand it
    • Eph 3:17 - KNOW - epignosis - experiential knowledge


We are going to walk through the journey the Bride goes on as she moves in toward Him.


I - The Cry for knowledge and her early decision to belong to him and be His completely forever (SONG 1:1-4)


1The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. - we already went there

2"May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.

  1. This is a prayer - LET HIM - please I want him to kiss me!  She is asking somebody.
  2. the kisses of his mouth - the kisses of His word
    • Jewish scribes said the kisses of the Torah
    • ENCOUNTER with His Word upon our heart - walk in the revelation of God’s heart
    • the spirit of wisdom and revelation Eph 1:17
    • Isaiah 62 - He will not be silent he will not be quiet
    • This is the request the begins the journey of the rest of this book - she returns to this request over and over it is the chief cry of her heart and it should be the chief cry of ours!!!!
      • Intimacy
      • the request to know Him more - IS the request to love Him more - IS the request to be more like Him
    • My journal - vs 2 I exult again in the opening cry of this song.  How this cry must have captured Solomon’s heart to give it the preeminence he has.  The cry for intimate experiential knowledge of the love of the king.  This is the cry that begins the journey of the bride from orphan farm girl to exalted queen beloved of the king.  So I take up the cry today.  “Father let Jesus come and kiss me with the kisses of His mouth!!  Let the fire of love be kindled again in my cold heart by the Ever Living Word!  Let me hear Isaiah 62 again that you will NOT be quiet nor even keep silent when you are speaking over me!”
  3. Your love is better than wine
    • Love feels good! - intoxicating - we lose ourselves - enjoying God is righteousness -
    • being satisfied in God is the opposite of Sin - Jer 2:12-13 

      "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hewfor themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.

    • Psalm 36:8 - the river of your pleasure
    • Psalm 16:11 - eternal pleasures at your right hand
    • Intimacy:
      • sex is a picture of our intimacy with God and it IS really good - FOR A REASON - our intimacy with God is far above and beyond
      • takes time to develop
      • requires total vulnerability and trust
      • is the fountain of righteousness and joy in God
      • Matt 6:6 - go into your room and CLOSE THE DOOR
      • book secrets of the secret place - Bob Sorge
    • Journal - Yes I see that your love is better than all the other things I would use to gladden my heart.  Yes I believe that your love is the one thing that will satisfy the groaning of my inward man.  Yes I understand that I was formed to be loved by the king of kings.  Yes I understand that this is my calling and my inheritance.  Father do this in me for real again.  I want the kisses because I know your love is better.  I choose your love by faith in how much better it really is.


3"Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is [like] purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

  1. oils have a pleasing fragrance
    • Journal - Your anointing oils are fragrant -Psalm 45:8 -your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia - Your authority is sweet to me.  Your priestly office over me is so wonderful and obvious.  You are a good high priest for me.  You minister to me and take care of me.  You have made peace between me and God.  You are the Messiah - the anointed one. Isaiah 61 - the one who brings good news to this poor man.  The one who binds up my broken heart. My shattered dreams, my foolish losses, my bruised and battered psyche; this bruised reed you did not break, this flickering flame you did not snuff out!  You have proclaimed liberty to this captive and a release from all my bondage!  You proclaim over me the end of my waiting, my languishing and the reality that my cries have been heard and my rescuer is come.  You proclaim over me the year of the favor of the Lord!!!!   My mourning over the dead promises over my life is at an end!!!
  2. Your name is purified oil
    • Your name is like perfume poured out! - The glory of who you are is pleasing to me. Psalm 27:4 You are the one thing I wish to behold and to experience.  That I might dwell in the house of the Lord for all the days of my life.  To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire at His temple.  Father set me again to gazing.  Set me again to beholding and becoming.  It is your glory oh Lord that I desire to behold.  To really know you as you are.  You are so satisfying.  The more I learn of you the more I want to learn!  I deeply love your nature.  You are Daddy God.  You are a jealous groom.  You are a Righteous Judge.  You are a Sovereign King!  You are all of this and more and I want to know all that you are!  I want to know deeply each of these realities and love them deeply.
  3. therefore virgins love you. - All of Heaven adores you.  All of earth desires you.  All that I am was made for you.  You ARE all together lovely!  All that is will bow before your glory and I choose to do so now.  Whenever I get a glimpse of you I am overwhelmed.  When I get a view of all that you are and all that you do I am undone with longing.  Show me again.  Undo me again.  Unhinge me again.  Awaken me again to my desperate desire for all of your glory.  Let desperation stir faith in the depths of me.


4"Draw me after you [and] let us run [together]! The king has brought me into his chambers." "We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you."

  1. Draw me after you
  2. Journal 4 Draw me after you; let us run. - YES draw me after you I am incapable of coming in my own strength.  Woo me!  pull me!  draw me!!!! I want to move toward you.  So move toward me.The king has brought me into his chambers. - I love this.  It does NOT say “I entered into the chambers of the king - it says “The king has brought me in”  It shows my weakness beside His desire and strength.  You have brought me in.  Nothing I could do could have done it.  Nothing I could have tried could have done it.  YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME IN.  Bring me in again!  I want to be there even now King of kings.  Take me in now!  Let Him Kiss ME!!!  YOU have done this!!! YOU YOU YOU!!!! You chose to!  You delight in doing this!  YOU make me yours.  Thank you - the king has brought me into his chambers..... how can this be?  but here I am.  Oh your love for me is great.  I need nothing moreWe will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; Who is this voice?  The angels?  The Holy Spirit?  Other believers?  The reality is it may be all of the above!  The angels are spirits sent to serve the beloved of God, the Holy Spirit is the one who is the mark of this union; the one who will point only to Jesus and give us all that is his.  Other believers are meant to encourage each other in our running after Christ.  It is beautiful.  Truly all of creation is the benefactor of the union of Jesus and His bride.  All of creation groans and waits for the revelation of the sons of God.  We are the first fruits of the recreation of all that is! rightly do they love youOh rightly do they love you Jesus!  Rightly does all of creation worship you Jesus!  You are SO worthy!  So beautiful!  rightly rightly rightly do we all love you!  Desire of the nations!