As I promised – today we start in earnest.
The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. - Song of Songs 1:1
Song of Songs
At first glance, it seems as though we are looking at the title and author. Well—yes and no.
Check out the word pattern—Song of Songs. Does that remind you of anything? George Frederick Handel used John's words when he wrote his own Song of Songs, the Hallelujah Chorus—King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:6)
King of Kings—the high King of heaven
Lord of Lords—the one Master of all.
Clearly, 'Song of Songs' doesn't say good song. It's more—much more.
This Song isn't a good song and it's not a great song, it's the pinnacle of all songs.
Hey—even if it was Solomon’s best work—and he wrote 1005 songs, (1 Kings 4:32) it would be amazing. (I was impressed when I heard that Fanny Crosby of “Blessed Assurance” fame wrote 80 hymns.)
NO—this is THE SONG of ALL SONGS.
An interesting contrast here – just 7 verses before the Song of Songs in another of Solomon’s writings, Ecclesiastes, we have this pattern again:
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!" - Ecclesiastes 12:8
So, who is Solomon? You can read up on him on your own. His story is the first 11 chapters of 1 Kings. For our purposes, here is what we need to know.
- He was the third king of Israel.
- He was the son of David (of giant killing fame) and Bathsheba (of roof bathing fame)
- He ruled Israel in its best and most glorious days. He reigned for 40 years of peace and prosperity. Israel extended its borders without a day of war.
- Oh, did I mention he had 300 wives and 700 concubines?
- He amassed riches unequaled in history, the stuff of legends and Hollywood extravaganzas.
- Perhaps most notably, he was given a greater measure of wisdom than any man before or since.
Even as a young man, when given the opportunity to ask the Lord for anything, he didn't choose long life, or riches, or even victory over his enemy. He asked the Lord for the ability to rule his people well—for wisdom.
It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words.
Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.
If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days." - 1 Kings 3:10-14 NASB
And so we embark upon a journey to discover the greatest song ever written by the wisest man who ever lived. Are you ready?
Come back next week and we will take a look at a Kiss that will rock your world.