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Song of Solomon- the Spiritual Meaning

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August 20th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Marriage, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A4 Comments | Author:


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God is in the process of revealing the mystery of his will to the praise of his glory (Eph 1:7-12). Plainly said this means that he is showing us how great he really is. God has ordained that this be done through the physical creation.

Rom 1:20 NKJV For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

This means that every physical thing in the world that has been made is for the purpose of teaching us about God. God has created some very extreme things to reveal just how great he really is. These symbols are so strong and evoke such an emotional response in our flesh that we cannot see what is being said as long as we have a carnal mind.

1Co 2:14 NKJV But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

These strong symbols that God uses are also called, parables, or dark sayings of old.

Psa 78:2 NKJV I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,

Christ spoke in parables to hide the meaning of his words from the carnally minded.

Mat 13:10 NKJV And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
Mat 13:11 NKJV He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Song of Soloman is a STRONG parable about the intimacy and desire between a man and a woman. This is really talking about what takes place inside of Marriage, which reveals the relationship between Christ and his bride the Church.

Eph 5:30 NKJV For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
Eph 5:31 NKJV “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”
Eph 5:32 NKJV This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Eph 5:33 NKJV Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

This parable is much like the parable of war used throughout scripture. Here is an example in Revelation:

Rev 13:10 NKJV He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Deu 20:16 NKJV “But of the cities of these peoples which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive,
Deu 20:17 NKJV but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, just as the LORD your God has commanded you,

Most of us have never been in war so this parable does not elicit the same emotion as the parable of marriage. For those who have been in war and experienced the intense fear, hatred, and desperation to fight for your life….this is a POWERFUL and deep dark saying.

The parable is explained in the sum of God’s word.

Rev 14:12 NKJV Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Heb 4:12 NKJV For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Eph 6:12 KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 KJV Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

I hope you can now see that a soldier having just come out of war reading this parable will be blinded by his carnal mind and emotions. Only those who have been given the spirit and thus eyes to see and ears to hear can understand the true meaning.

Rev 13:9 NKJV If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

Joh 12:40 KJV He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

The amazing thing about God’s plan is that once he opens your eyes to see behind the veil of the flesh, all of that emotion and passion we experience carnally is now directed towards the spiritual reality. A great example is how Paul was zealously persecuting the Church and then God causes him to preach the Gospel and grow the Church with the same zeal.

Many of us have been intimate in some way with a member of the opposite sex. We have experienced the passion, desire and lust that is explained in the Song of Solomon. Now that we have been given eyes to see, Lord willing, we can compare spiritual with spiritual, and harness that carnal passion to work for us in the spiritual.

1Co 2:13 NKJV These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

We will miss the meaning if comparing spiritual with physical. In your question you said,

“In Babylon I was taught this is a song that typifies Christ’s love for his bride, the church. It seems as such, but do any of you get a feeling of weirdness at the level of eroticism inherently present in this type. Knowing this, am I to imagine Christ having erotic thoughts of me? I toward him? “

This is a perfect example of comparing physical with spiritual. You understand that marriage is about Christ and the church, but you are still seeing lust and passion physically. Those that are spiritual regard no man after the flesh.

2Co 5:16 NKJV Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
2Co 5:17 NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Christ is not interested in lusting over our physical flesh… all flesh is dying and will be destroyed completely one day. Flesh and the lust towards it is simply being used now as a strong parable to explain the desire and enjoyment we should have towards the treasures of the spirit.

So having laid this foundation let’s go uncover the mystery hidden behind these strong words of the scriptures.

Physical intimacy starts with a longing or desire for the other person. The imagination is active and emotions begin to build. Here in Song of Solomon 3 we see this longing and desire.

Son 3:1 NKJV By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him.
Son 3:2 NKJV “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.
Son 3:3 NKJV The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?
Son 3:4 NKJV Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, Until I had brought him to the house of my mother, And into the chamber of her who conceived me.

This is the same desire that David expresses towards Gods.

Psa 42:1 NKJV To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
Psa 42:2 NKJV My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

The flesh has desires to be satisfied, whether it be the lust for another person, or a desire to have thirst satisfied. Either way it’s about the same thing: seeking carnal satisfaction will leave us wanting… but spiritual satisfaction will be truly satisfying.

Joh 4:13 NKJV Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
Joh 4:14 NKJV but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

To go into greater detail of this attraction between two people, there is a great admiration of the different parts of the body. For example the breasts of a woman are a key feature in physical attraction. You specifically mentioned the verses in Song of Solomon about ” Breasts of two fawns”, and that you do not have breasts like that. We have to look at the spiritual meaning of breast to uncover the mystery.

The natural man desires breasts of a woman for carnal reasons, but the spiritual man had a totally new definition of breast and a new reason for having great desire towards members of the body of Christ that exhibit this quality spiritually.

The natural world teaches us that a woman nurses her children with milk from her breasts. Large breasts physically represent the ability to feed children well, and God has accordingly given man an attraction towards this physical quality.

Son 4:5 NKJV Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle, Which feed among the lilies.

Son 8:8 NKJV We have a little sister, And she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is spoken for?
Son 8:9 NKJV If she is a wall, We will build upon her A battlement (fortress) of silver; And if she is a door, We will enclose her With boards of cedar.
Son 8:10 NKJV I am a wall, And my breasts like towers; Then I became in his eyes As one who found peace.

We can see from these verses that breasts like towers are associated with peace, and a lack of breasts indicates a lack of protection, and a need to help this little sister build a fortress and walls to bring her peace.

Milk is symbolic of the foundational principles of God’s word. These are the first truths that we must learn in order to being growing spiritually.

Heb 5:12 KJV For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Having children in scripture is related to bearing fruit and having dominion over the flesh. Accordingly, a key fruit of the sprit is peace.

Gen 1:28 KJV And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gal 5:22 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 KJV Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 KJV And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

So God is telling us in the Song of Solomon about the desire for breasts like towers, is to desire the spiritual milk of the word that we may grow thereby and produce the fruit of peace.

1Pe 2:2 KJV As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

There are so many other beautiful examples hidden behind the veil of lust in the flesh. Here are a few more examples.

Children are created by a man sowing his seed into the woman, which demonstrates the passion with which God plants the seed of the word within his people. It also required nakedness, which shows that we have to realize we’re a beast before we can receive the work of truth. There is so much symbolism in the type of pregnancy as well. See Matthew 13 about sowing the seed.

Gal 4:19 KJV My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

A kiss is telling us that the fellowship within the Body of Christ is better than the lust of the world.

Son 1:2 NKJV Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— For your love is better than wine.

Son 4:10 NKJV How fair is your love, My sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, And the scent of your perfumes Than all spices!

1Th 5:26 KJV Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

Rev 18:2 KJV And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev 18:3 KJV For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Here in Revelation we find another deep dark saying about the wine of Babylon, which represents the false doctrines and strong delusion of the false Church.

The praise of teeth is about being washed by the water of the word.

Son 6:6 NKJV Your teeth are like a flock of sheep Which have come up from the washing; Every one bears twins, And none is barren among them.

Eph 5:26 KJV That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 KJV That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

We must learn to desire intimate, consistent fellowship with those that are beautiful spiritually, those who bear good spiritual children, and have been washed by the word.

There are also strong commands about being with your beloved often. The commands for a wife and husband to not refrain from intimacy, except for a short time, is an admonition to the Body to plant the seed of the word in one another often.

1Co 7:4 NKJV The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
1Co 7:5 NKJV Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Mal 3:16 KJV Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Heb 3:13 KJV But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Being hardened to the deceitfulness of sin is the same thing as being tempted because of a lack of self control in 1 Cor. We’re going to have passion towards either the spirit or the flesh… we have to do something with our time and energy.

I hope that this short letter has begun to open the seals on the great mystery hidden behind the symbol of Marriage.

You Brother in Christ,

Mitch

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  • georgie

    This is helpful insight into the deeper meaning in the beautiful book of the Song of Solomon. I think there is also still a lot more to be gleaned from it, and i wonder if you have considered doing an even more in-depth study on it? In particular, i am interested to explore the verses where Christ’s virgin is being wooed by another, and how from time to time she desires so strongly to see Christ, that she loses patience and leaves the house, ending in her being a target for the ‘spies’ who mistreat her and take her veil…I am just thinking that there is a lot of helpful weaponry in this book for us to take heed to, in order to be more fully aware of the devil and his ‘devices’. Thanks Mitch. YsitC, Georgie

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the kind words Georgie. I would certainly enjoy doing a study on this book. I don’t know when the Lord wil provide the time, but I do pray it happens one day.

  • jennifer

    Mitch, Thank you for this study! You set up the understanding the parables “dark sayings” very clearly and explained the difference between comparing physical with spiritual versus spiritual with spiritual very well. – Your sister in The Christ, Jennifer

  • MitchellKuhn

    Thank you for the kind word Jen! I really appreciate it. All glory to God.