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Invest In The Best     Song of Solomon 5:6-8; 6:1-3; 8:4-7     May 25, 2014


       One commentator said the Song of Solomon has a many theories of interpretation about it as the book

of Revelation. That many be a little exaggerated but there are several. I do not personally have very many study book on this book of the Bible and I think I have only preached one sermon from it and don’t remember hearing any 1from this book. But one has to say it elevates the emotions of marital love.


1.    Invest In The Best of Love Even Through . . Loneliness. 5:6-8

       A.   Loneliness of A . . Nightmarish Dream. 5:6-7

6 I opened to my love, but my love had turned and gone away. I was crushed that he had left. I sought him, but did not find him. I called him, but he did not answer.

       7 The guards who go about the city found me. They beat and wounded me; they took my cloak from me—

       the guardians of the walls.


       B.   Loneliness Including A . . Night without Love 5:8

8 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: if you find my love, tell him that I am lovesick.


       It is my opinion that Solomon planned to come to his wife on this night but for some reason was delayed.

Because of the delay his Shulamite wife had fallen asleep and it took longer to awaken her than Solomon thought it should. He knew he was delayed in getting to her and then though she was sounded asleep. So by the time she opened the door he had left. She ran out with the idea she could catch him but the guards seeing her running did not understand who she was and treated her unlike they would have if they had recognized her.

The Shulamite woman then gave a charge to the Young women of Jerusalem saying, “if you find my love, tell him that I am lovesick.”



2.    Invest In The Best of Love Including . . Love in the Lily Pads. 6:1-3

       A.   Love in the Lily Pads . . Refers to the Rekindling of Solomon’s Love. 6:1-2

       1 Where has your love gone, most beautiful of women? Which way has he turned?

       We will seek him with you.

        2 My love has gone down to his garden, to beds of spice, to feed in the gardens and gather lilies.


       B.   Love in the Lily Pads . . Rekindles the love of Solomon’s Wife. 6:3

3 I am my love's and my love is mine; he feeds among the lilies.

       This wife of Solomon was even praised by several other women. They volunteered to help her find her husband. Solomon was allowing the peace and solitude of the garden to speak to his mind as he no doubt let it focus on his wife’s beauty. Such an unusual woman would capture the King and make him think of her. This can and does happen to most men and some women. Love is a very big part of life. Marital love has always

effected a young couple and becomes a big part of their married life. Most say that is why they got married but not enough are led by the Biblical standards. The wife’s emotions for her husband were easily effected and she

allowed her emotions to be refreshed by the garden.


3.    Invest In The Best of Love Magnifying The Strength of . . Love. 8:4-7

       A.   Love’s Strength Can Be . . Awakened. 8:4-5

       4 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.

       5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on the one she loves? I awakened you under the

       apricot tree. There your mother conceived you; there she conceived and gave you birth.


       B.   Love’s Strength Can Be Heighten In . . Ardent Love. 8:6-7

       6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as

       unrelenting as Sheol. Love's flames are fiery flames—the fiercest of all.

       7 Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth

       for love, it would be utterly scorned.

       If you are married can you look over you love for your mate and remember a time where you can say

it was awakened? You may not have thought of it that way but there probably was such a time. This lady can look over her love for Solomon and think of more than one such event. All of us would be benefitted if we deliberately tried to plan for some events of that kind. Very few if any could say they do not need to awaken their love. Your mate might like to differ with you on this matter. Most cases of love need more than emotion to keep them alive and well. It is well to Invest In The Best. Amen? Amen!