Song of Solomon-introduction


I have decided to study this book to learn all I can from it about God’s covenant in Christ. I have been given two very old commentaries on it, the first is anonymous but starts with this cracking paragraph,” The general character of this book, in contrast to Ecclesiastes, is very striking. Ecclesiastes, from beginning to end, tells of the vanity of the creature— Canticles (an old name for Song of Solomon), of the sufficiency of the Beloved. In Ecclesiastes, the world is searched through and through in all its treasures of wisdom, of pleasure, and of riches; but an object to satisfy the heart is not found in them all.  All is vanity, yea, vanity of vanities!

In Canticles, what a contrast! An object to satisfy the heart is found; that object is not the creature, but the Beloved. One verse in John’s gospel gives the contrast perfectly, John 4:14. Ecclesiastes is the first half of the verse—’Whosovere drinketh of this water shall thirst again; ‘Canticles is the latter half of the verse—’ Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.’ ‘His love is better than wine, than riches, than treasures, than all things.’—Extract.

“It is our privilege to know him in a world of creature-disappointments and drying up of creature-streams of happiness—as the one object in whom our affections may supremely centre with no danger of excess, no fear of disappointment, no variability…this is our purchased privilege” (Acts 20:28).

Thus the book is full of Jesus.


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