Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "OLD TESTAMENT POETIC BOOKS"
The Book Canticles, Song of Solomon, Song of Songs
CANTICLE NUMBER 2
1:7-8 "An Answer Which Did Not Answer"

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
1969


CANTICLE 2
1:7-8: "An Answer Which Did Not Answer"
The Setting of the Song
Place:
Lebanon (Bride's home)
Time: Before marriage
Occasion: When the shepherdess seeks (unsuccessfully) to find out the identity of the strange shepherd who has won her love, but is silent concerning himself.
 

HISTORICAL SETTING SPIRITUAL APPLICATION
The Shulamite requests (1:7)
"You are a shepherd I realize, but actually WHO are you?"

(Note: read it, ".. .why should I be as one that wandereth beside the flocks, " i.e., as one who is not known, not recognized.)
Christ woos and wins us as the humble Shepherd, whose identity is unknown to the world at large; and He is a stranger to us until He saves us. We must take Him by faith.
Solomon replies (1:8)
He says in essence, "I have nothing to hide, but do not care to reveal my identity. Go ask the king's shepherds." Of course, he knows she WON'T!!
We should love Him for HIMSELF and not His titles and position, and what they can mean to us. Let us learn His self-effacing humility.

 

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