Song of Solomon chapter 1
Song 1:2, Kisses of his mouth. This is referring to the tokens of Yeshua’s love for his bride: his grace and pardon, the joy and peace that comes from knowing him, the hope he has given us for the present and the future, and the fruits and gifts of his Spirit.
Your love is better than wine. Though wine joys the heart and calms the nerves, it is but a temporary and superficial fix to life’s problems. Like a band-aid on a wound, it doesn’t get to cause of the problem. The love of Yeshua, on the other hand, is a river of life that is a never-ending source of joy, which strengthens and heals us at the deepest levels.
Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be not drunk with wine … but be filled with the Spirit,” which is the Yeshua’s love gift or mohar to his betrothed bride. The Set-Apart Spirit — its fruits and gifts — is Yeshua’s engagement ring, down payment, guarantee, pledge or earnest money (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5) of our future inheritance (i.e., marriage to him) until the full redemption (or glorification of our bodies at the resurrection) of the purchased possession (the redeemed believer, Eph 1:14).
Song 1:3, Your name is better than ointment poured forth. (Heb. sheman: oil.) Is the name of Yeshua better than any ointment? Ointment or olive oil soothes and heals wounded, chaffed, burned, and aching flesh. When you are wounded emotionally and spiritually, there is always a place of healing and comfort for you at the foot of Yeshua’s cross, the foot of Yeshua’s throne, and in the arms of the one whose arms were open wide in loving acceptance of you at the cross. There is healing, forgiveness, power, victory and healing in the name of Yeshua. Faith in him overcomes all fear and anything that the world, the flesh and the devil would throw at us.
The virgins love you. Those undefiled by the world have their eyes only on Yeshua and are not drawn away by the passions of this world. They follow Yeshua the lamb, their Bridegroom, wherever he leads them (Rev 14:4). Why? Because they have not grown cold in their love for Yeshua. He is still there first love (Rev 2:4).
Song 1:4, Draw me away. Are our (virgin) hearts drawn away from Yeshua by the world, the flesh or the devil, or are we totally dedicated to him? Do we long to be with and to know Yeshua and his love?
We will run. (Daughters of Jerusalem speaking). Are those around us drawn to Yeshua because they see our unreserved and undefiled love for him? Are we a light to our children, to our unbelieving family members, to our neighbors and work associates? Yeshua speaks of two classes of virgins: those who are wise and are prepared for Yeshua, the Bridegroom, and those who are not (Matt 25:1–13); those who are on the inside with Yeshua at his weddidng feast because they love and prepared, and those on the outside who are looking in because they did not prepare themselves for him. They love Yeshua too, but not as much as the Shulamite. That’s why they were not brought into his chambers. The daughters of Jerusalem are immature, carnal believers who are not yet established in their faith and wholly serving and walking with Yeshua.
Song of Solomon chapter 2
Song 2:1, Rose of Sharon. Sharon means “plain” and is the region lying between the mountains of central Israel and the Mediterranean Sea north of Joppa and on the east side of the Jordan near Gilead and Bashan. The flower itself is not the Rose of Sharon we know, which is native to China, but is believed to be the saffron, tulip, anemone, or crocus. The redeemed bride of Yeshua is to view herself in this manner. Coming into spiritual relationship with Yeshua should cause one to have a higher view of oneself than they did while they were an unrepentant and unredeemed sinner. Coming to Yeshua greatly improves one’s self worth and self esteem.
Lily of the valley. Heb. shushan, lit. “big flower, water lily;” from suws meaning “exult, rejoice, display joy.” According to The TWOT, these were the lilies carved as a motif in the stone pillars in Solomon’s temple. It is used several times in the Song with reference to the bride. The woman’s name Shoshana (or Susanna) derives from this. The is a tall flower with a weak stem. Likewise, the believer as a lily is beautiful flower with a weak in itself who needs Yeshua to support him.
Song 2:2, Thorns. Heb. chowach meaning “to pierce, brier, thorn bush, thicket, hook, ring, fetter.” Believers are lilies among the thorny wicked of this world. Yeshua said that his followers though in the world, they were not to be of the world (John 17:10, 15). The wicked can be like thorns in flesh of the righteous. Thorns are worthless, dangerous and noxious and are good only for burning. Likewise, the wicked unrepentant will burn in the lake of fire.
Song 2:3, Apple tree in the trees of the woods. This is another analogy like the lily among the thorn simile. Yeshua’s people are to bear fruit for him. They are to be his personal garden bearing the fruit of the Spirit, and to be like the trees planted next to Yeshua who is the river of life (Ps 1:1–3). The trees of the world are barren and fruitless. This is not the case with the trees of Yeshua who bear fruit through him.
Song 2:4, Banqueting. Heb. lit. wine/yayin meaning “effervesce, wine.” Torah commands that Israelites drink wine and strong drink during the three pilgrmage festivals (Deut 14:26). This speaks of the joy of the biblical Hebrew wedding that culminates in a great wedding feast, which is prophetically pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a picture of the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Banqueting house …his banner over me was love. Is the groom giving her a glimpse of his house, and what she can expect once they are fully married? Does not Yeshua do this with us by giving us glimpses into the future spiritual glory he has in store for his bride in the world to come?