Solomon is coming to visit in the spring, after a long absence. Between each reminisce a chorus speaks: making transitions, giving warnings, adding brief commentaries or emphasizing a point. In summary, the story is about a young country girl from the hills of Galilee whom Solomon meets while in the area on business (vineyards). Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” 14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.After Solomon came north to visit Shulamith Galilee in spring, they went for a walk to talk.
What kind of relationship did Solomon and Shulamith have before they knew God meant them to be together and they gave their hearts to each other?
According to I Timothy 5:1-2, it was a brother-sister relationship.
In remembering back to this time, Shulamith recalls her request of Solomon as they walked and talked: 15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My lover is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
It means treating others the way you want your future mate to be treated by those he or she is with. I’m getting older and my friends are all meeting people to be with or marry? Abraham and Sarah thought they had to help God out, and result is the Arab-Israeli conflict that lasts today.
It means being the same with the opposite sex as you would be were you married to someone else. To Solomon it seemed impossible to find a pure, down-to-earth country girl.
To Shulamith it seemed impossible to meet someone mature and caring like Solomon.
How could ever get the king of Israel and a hill-country peasant girl together?
we are to focus on the other person and what is best for them, laying aside ourselves to serve in love.