Love in Action 

Old Testament: Song 2.8–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 1–3 on September 21, In the year of our Lord 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Love anticipates being with the loved one and then hearing his or her voice, making the heart race: 

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows,
Gazing through the lattice.

– Song 2.8–9 

Picture his anticipation at seeing her, and her anticipation of his arrival, running like a gazelle or a young stag toward her. Imagine if she had pictured him lumbering like a cow. That would just not fit the picture. No, she saw his excitement for her. 

How much effort does a gazelle or a young stag exert in traversing mountains and hills? Just as she pictured them, they go about leaping and skipping, because mountains and hills are no obstacles to gazelles and young stags. 

Likewise, Solomon’s quest and the love in his heart for the Shulamite traversed any barrier easily, and she could see that such was the case. He wanted to see her. He did not travel to her home only to be left out, so he looked inside, hoping to get a glimpse of her. 

Questions: 

  • Does the Song of Solomon embarrass you? 
  • If so, why? 
  • Does love between a man and a woman embarrass God? 

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3 thoughts on “Love in Action 

  1. Don, is the love in Solomon’s heart actually love or was it his lust of the flesh, something that led him to 700 wives and 300 concubines who led him to idolatry, something that so angered God that he divided the kingdom after Solomon passed? I have always been troubled about Solomon’s ‘wisdom’ when his application of God’s word was so flawed in his later life. Can you help me to better understand?

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  2. Don,

    Was it love in Solomon’s heart or his lust of the flesh, which led him to 700 wives and 300 concubines who led him to idolatry and so angered God that He divided the kingdom after Solomon died. I’ve always been unsure about Solomon’s ‘wisdom’ when his application of God’s word was so flawed in his later years. Can you help me to better understand?

    Thanks, Don

    Craig Williamson St George, UT

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Craig, Since the Holy Spirit included the Song of Solomon in the Bible, I have no problem in concluding that it was love. Song 6.8 states that Solomon already had sixty queens (or wives), and eighty concubines, but the Shulamite was his one special wife. Yes, Solomon was an imperfect man, as am I, but the Lord could still use him, as he did all people in the Scriptures, to accomplish his purposes.

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