9 King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon.
10 Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior inlaid with love. Daughters of Jerusalem,
11 come out, and look, you daughters of Zion. Look on King Solomon wearing a crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.
In the verse of the day yesterday, it was noted many think it was written by and about Solomon, but that is very unlikely as he had 700 wives and this is a story of two people totally in love with each other. Those two people are the woman who works in the vineyards and calls the man her beloved while the man is a shepherd and the two have eyes and desire only for each other.
There are three main ways this book has been looked at: 1) an allegorical interpretation of the relationship between Israel and God, 2) an allegorical interpretation of the relationship between the church and Christ, and 3) a love triangle between a woman, her true love – a shepherd, and Solomon. While there may be some real merit in the two allegorical interpretations, what are we to make of the love triangle interpretation? After all, a vision of King Solomon has entered the Song of Songs in a big way in the verses of the day.
Personally, I do not read this as a love triangle, but instead of the woman idealizing her beloved as if he were King Solomon even though he is but a shepherd. We see this often today when we all too often look to movie stars or celebrities as icons of how one should look or act or appear. One easy example of how this occurs is taking a look at the movie TITANIC starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack and Rose as two young people in love. How many women wanted their man to be like Jack in the movie? Even though the woman in Song of Songs is in love with but a humble shepherd, I believe she sees him as wonderful and glorious as King Solomon.
I know how this works from personal experience as I married a perfect woman, no one was more beautiful than her. Now, having been married for almost 46 years I know this is not quite true, but nonetheless I still see her as incredibly beautiful and wonderful. Like King Solomon in the woman’s vision, my heart rejoiced on the day we were married. I believe it is that simple and straightforward – we idealize those we love and hold close to our heart.
Now about those allegorical interpretations. Before Christ, this book of poetry may very well have described the idealized relationship between Israel and God but it was the book of Hosea which gave a realistic picture of that relationship and how great God’s love is in comparison to that of Israel. Then of course after Christ we are aware of His incredible love for each of us when He paid the price for our sins on the cross. Our love for Him pales in comparison. If only we could love the Son and the Father with the depth and intensity with which they love us.
It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and remember to Go to Church.