Chapter 15

Let Love Continue


            And so we come to the end of this beautiful song of love. We have traced the development of their romance from early engagement to their later years together. There were a few rough times, but their love for each other grew stronger with the passing years. And it still continues.


13       “O you who sit in the gardens,

          My companions are listening for your voice—

          Let me hear it!”

 

            Solomon used to go to the gardens with his sheep to get a few moments of peace. His garden is still his sanctuary, but it is his wife who brings him peace. It has been years since their engagement, but he still longs for the sound of her voice (Song of Solomon 2:14).


14       “Hurry, my beloved,

          And be like a gazelle or a young stag

          On the mountains of spices.”


            For Shulammith, her greatest desire still remains to romp with him in bed (Song of Solomon 2:17, 3:6). Here is a woman who knows how to hold on to her man.


Questions:


1) How long does real love last? (I Corinthians 13:8)

2) Using the points Paul makes about love in I Corinthians 13:4-8, find examples of how those points are demonstrated in Song of Solomon.

3) Why is the story more effectively told from Shulammith’s point of view than from Solomon’s?