A very wise person recently shared with me a view of Song of Solomon that was highly intriguing.
Song of Solomon has to be the weirdest book in the Bible. Good Lord, what is going on there?
Generally the book is applied in two ways:
1) It’s a picture of the Gospel and Christ’s love for His bride the Church and all the various members that grab His attention, even though Paul says the unseemly parts should get some pub too.
2) It’s a guide for MARRIED people to lust after their spouses and have sex on a regular basis.
Neither of these fully seems to connect, and both leave you feeling a tad creepy.
That being the case, I am all for a better view of the book. I have never heard this particular theory, but the more I think on it, the more I like it. Here’s the theory.
Song of Solomon is the third book by Solomon in a row after Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Solomon was a wise man who messed up. God talked to Solomon two times and yet Solomon still disobeyed.
Solomon was told in the Law not to marry foreign women, but Solomon lusted after foreign women. He then married or concubined (?) a thousand of them. These foreign women brought in their foreign gods, Solomon was turned after them, and the kingdom was doomed from then on.
He was commanded not to marry foreign women. Although we can’t know this for sure (no one really knows who a “Shulamite” is), the bride may have been one of these foreign women. She says she has black skin and she is called a Shulamite, not a Jew.
Perhaps Song of Solomon shows how Solomon was led down the path to forsaking God–by lusting after a woman’s external appearance.
In Proverbs, Solomon even warns his son about lusting after saucy women, perhaps this is a story about how he didn’t listen to his own advice. How fleshly lust is no basis for a healthy relationship, and your kingdom will be doomed soon after.