This lesson is, admittedly, very unconventional compared to others available at Walk with the Word. This has to do primarily with the fact that, above all else, the Song of Solomon is a “song”. This might be obvious at first glance, but not so obvious when it comes to studying this book, since it should be approached as a single song. After all, it’s difficult to analyze and understand a song overall by only studying one of its verses or just a few of its lines. A song is something which, in reality, needs to be taken in its entirety. And, as a song, it needs to be read and analyzed according to this literary format chosen by God. Poems and songs tend to elaborate on things in a far different manner than plain speech in order to paint a specific picture using a lot of smaller components to the overall contribution. The imagery – and its expanded and repeated use – is intended to convey a sort of “vocabulary” or legend by which to understand the whole.
As you read the whole of the Song of Solomon, consider that Jewish tradition holds that this particular Scripture is to be read during Passover. How does this speak of God’s past, present, and future work in the Passover? Also consider that for Christians, the Song of Solomon is held to be a deeply spiritual telling of Christ’s love and relationship with the Church. Keep these things in mind as you read it, meditating in the Spirit to understand why God included this book in the Bible and its possible teachings for the whole Church at large as well as for you individually.