Study the Bible's Greatest Allegory — Song of Solomon — Understand and Experience the Love between Christ and His Bride.
According to Jewish rabbinical tradition and the teaching of the Church Fathers, Song of Solomon is an allegory revealing at its deepest level the love that God has for His redeemed people. The Ancients held that this book is the Song of Songs in the same way that the holiest place in the tabernacle was the Holy of Holies. This Song of all songs holds "God's wisdom hidden in a mystery." Its imagery is meant to teach and help us understand the deep union to which Christ is calling us.
The Importance of Studying Biblical Imagery
It is important to realize that Jesus used imagery when He taught and often spoke to the multitudes in parables. At first glance, we might think that Jesus was using parables as a way to illustrate truth. However, when the disciples questioned Jesus about this, Jesus said, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been granted."
Matthew tells us that "in parables are things hidden from the foundation of the world." (Matt. 13) Paul tells us that God's Word can't be understood with natural reasoning, that His wisdom is hidden in mystery, it is ordained so that we can experience his glory, and that it must be revealed to us by God's Spirit. Does God want His wisdom to remain hidden? No, He wants us to search out the Bible's symbolic language and inquire about its meaning. He wants us to search for His wisdom as for silver and gold. If we will do that, His Word promises us that we will find it.
Understand Some of the Bible's Deepest Truths
The Song of Solomon is a book wholly given to imagery and mystery. Paul taught that the relationship between Jesus and His bride is a mystical union. Hidden in this book are some of the Bible's deepest and most beautiful truths. To understand the images in this Song, it is important to understand how to interpret the Bible's symbolic language. We must not impose our own meanings on Biblical imagery. You will learn from this study that the Bible is not silent about the meaning of its symbols — in fact, the Bible is like a dictionary, defining and interpreting itself. In this study, you will have the opportunity of digging deep into some of the Bible's most unusual symbols to contemplate their meaning.
For example, you can't get too far into reading the Song of Solomon before you realize that the images used to describe the bride are very, very strange. For example, one beautiful aspect of the bride for which she was praised was her neck that was "like the tower of David built with rows of stones on which are hung a thousand shields of the mighty men."
You might be thinking, who in the world talks like this? Who would think that a woman who has a neck like this was beautiful? Yet, it is just this strangeness that is a "tip off" that something is hidden there — it is a clue that marks out a special hidden treasure. It is not meant to be glossed over. However, only the truly hungry will take time to seek it out.
Learn How to Decipher the Bible's Symbols
If we ponder this passage for a while, we will begin to realize that it is rich in Biblical imagery. In fact, it should evoke a whole series of Biblical images. For example — let's consider what "neck" symbolizes in the Bible. Those who resist God in both Testaments are called "stiff-necked." Proverbs says, "If we hear our fathers and mothers teaching and do it, it will become "an ornament to our neck." Our "mother according to Paul is the heavenly Jerusalem — that company of saints who have gone on and let their Godly teaching behind. Jesus also said, "Who is my mother, my brother, my sister? Anyone who does the will of God — who hears the Word of God and does it." The neck of the bride has ornaments, "shields" to be exact. So the bride represents a person who is submissive to the will of God and a "doer" of the Word.
The neck of the bride is said to be like a "tower." The first tower we see in Scripture is the tower of Babel — built out of man's disobedience to God. Other passages refer to the Lord as "a tower of strength." Also "the name of the Lord is like a strong tower." From this we see that the bride is a person who carries God's name (Jesus) and knows its power. The Bible says all power in Heaven and earth is in the name of Jesus. God is her refuge and strength against the enemy. We will not go further, but time should be taken to consider the rows of stones, the meaning of the shields and of David's mighty men.
In the Bible Study for the Preparation of the Bride, this and a multitude of other images are dissected to make this study a treasure trove of spiritual riches. When you have completed this study, you will never be able to read the Bible in a flat way again.
As you learn how to interpret Biblical symbols and tune in to the Spirit's revelation, you will be treated to a spiritual feast. You will learn that Jesus is seeking for those He can call His friends, those with whom He can share His life, His thoughts, His plans, His power, and His throne. He is seeking for those who will be one spirit with Him. In short, He is seeking a Bride. Learn how to experience the living Presence of Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that Jesus has poured out for us to enjoy.
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