Pulpit Speech I                                                 KL Paulson
Preacher Silcox                                                 10/24/1996

Title: A Bride's Dream

Text: "My beloved is white and ruddy, 
       the chiefest among ten thousand." 
                  (Song of Solomon 5:10)


  -- Solomon's name is mentioned in 1:1,5; 3:7,9,11; 8:11-12. 
  -- Solomon probably wrote the book while he was still young, before 
     being torn away from God by his 700 wives.  

  Date: Approx. 965 B.C. 

  Characters: Soloman--king of Israel--the bridegroom. 
              Shulamite woman (6:13)--the bride.
              daughter of Jerusalem--probably companions of the bride, 
              attendants of the king's palace, OR interested spectators. 

  Historical Setting: Solomon had a vineyard at Ba-al-ha-mon...north of 
  Jerusalem (8:11).  He leased it out to keepers...a mother with at least 2 
  daughters (6:13; 8:13).  

  The Shulamite daughter was actually very beautiful ("comely"--1:6) but 
  didn't have this confidence of herself.  No one apparently had taken notice 
  of her beauty, too. 

  Her having been made to work hard in the vineyards left her little time to 
  care for her personal appearance.  Perhaps, the word "black" has reference 
  to being sun-burned. 

  One day prince-charming--Solomon (actually recognized by the Shulamite as an 
  outsider) comes to the vineyard.  He shows some interest in her.  She wants 
  to attract him, etc. etc.  He makes a few promises to her...provision of 
  jewels and gold.  Then he disappears leaving her in wonderment of when he 
  shall return.  
  They later get married (3:6).

I. The Choice Words of the Shulamite Woman Towards Solomon.

  A. "BELOVED" dowd {dode} or (shortened) dod {dode} a 
     beloved 34, uncle 16, love(s) 8, father's brother 2, wellbeloved 1; 61 
     total times used 
     1) beloved, love
      1a) loved one, beloved
      1c) love (pl. abstract)

  B. "WHITE" tsach {tsakh} an adjective
     white 1, clear 1, plainly 1, dry 1; 4 total times used 
     1) dazzling, glowing, clear, bright

     --The word does not appear to be referring to the familiar color. 

  C. "RUDDY" 'adom {aw-dome'} an adjective
     red 8, ruddy 1; 9 total times used
     1) red, ruddy (of man, garment) 

  D. "CHIEFEST" dagal {daw-gal'} a verb
     (set up) banner 3, chiefest 1; 4 total times used
     1) to look, behold
      1a) looked at, conspicuous (participle)
     2) to carry a banner or standard, set up banner or standard
      2a) to set up standard (in battle)
      2b) supplied with banners, bannered

  E. "TEN THOUSAND" r@babah {reb-aw-baw'} a noun
     ten thousand 13, million 1, many 1, multiply; 16 total times used 
     1) multitude, myriad, ten thousand

     --Appears to be an oriental expression.  It is not so much a literal 

II. Context (Song of Solomon 5:2-6:3)

     Chapter 5, Verse 2 "I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the 
     voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my 
     love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks 
     with the drops of the night." 
       --We have a dream situation.
       --The Shulamite woman is thinking of her lover.
       --Apparently the Shulamite is troubled.

     V.3 "I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on?  I have washed 
     my feet; how shall I defile them?" 

     V.4 "My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my 
     bowels were moved for him." 
       --The words, here, are so emotional.

     V.5 "I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with 
     myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the 

     V.6 "I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, 
     and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not 
     find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer." 
       --The Shulamite responds...but it is too late.
       --Her beloved is already gone.
       --He can't be found even after a concentrated effort of searching.
       --There is NO word from him.
       --He has left here ALONE.

     V.7 "The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote 
     me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me." 
       --The Shulamite is mistaken for a prostitute?
       --She barely survives a smiting...stones.
       --She is wounded.

     V.8 "I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my 
     beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love." 
       --She is presently love-sick.
       --She desires to be with him.
       --She is willing to make public her situation.
       --If only she could find him.

     V.9 "What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou 
     fairest among women? 
     what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so 
     charge us?" 
       --The daughters of Jerusalem ask the question.
       --Why is your beloved more special than any other man?
       --Why is he any different?
       ***The wife returns praise to her husband.  (See Reversed 
          situation 4:1-15) 

     V.10 "My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten 
       --Our text verse.
       --Her beloved is one in a million.

  Physical description

     V.11 "His head is as the most fine gold, 
           his locks are bushy, and black as a raven." 

     V.12 "His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of 
     waters, washed with milk, and fitly set." 

     V.13 "His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: 
           his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh." 

     V.14 "His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: 
           his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires." 

     V.15 "His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets 
     of fine gold: 
           his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars." 

     V.16 "His mouth is most sweet: 
       ***yea, HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY.*** 
           This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of 
       --Her best friend was her beloved.
       --Your wife should be your best friend.
       --In reality he wasn't altogether lovely, because he was a human.  He 
         had his flaws...shortcomings.  
       --Only in her dreams could he seem altogether...perfect.

     Chapter 6:1 "Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest 
     among women? 
                 whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek 
     him with thee." 
       --The daughter of Jerusalem wish to help the Shulamite woman. 
       --It is as if they want to see a happy ending to the relationship 
         between the two lovers. 
       --They want to see this altogether lovely person.
       --Is not this a "prophecy" of Jesus Christ in a sense?
       --They eventually will be disappointed with the mere-man, but NOT with 
         God-Man if they search out and meet both of them. 

     V.2 "My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of 
     spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies." 

     V.3 "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among 
     the lilies."  
       --True commitment.  True giving of one's self for the others 
     ***A family that praises one another stays together.***

III. Application: the Lord Jesus Christ in union and communion with the believer.

     Salvation is like a marriage relationship.
  A. Regeneration brings us into union with Christ.
     If any man be in Christ he is a new creature.

  B. God wants our love to Him on a continued basis.
     The communion should not be broken by excuses.


  -- Many have thought that human to human love-relationship described in the 
     Book of the Song of Solomon could be extended to a TYPE or PICTURE of one 
     kind or another.  

  -- I would agree that such is legitimate for the sake of developing a true 
     concept of love that we should have towards the "altogether lovely" Lord 
     Jesus Christ.