Understanding The Bible
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
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
"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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