Mandy poured her coffee and sat on the porch swing. As she listened to the chirring of crickets in the flower garden, she opened her Bible. She was reading the Bible from cover to cover and Song of Solomon was next in line.
In preparation for her reading, she had looked up the meaning of Solomon, which is shelomah, translated as “peace.” In her spirit, she felt Solomon must be a prototype of Jesus Christ.
She read, “The song of songs, which is Solomon’s (SOS 1:1 KJV). Let him kiss me with the kisses of his lips (SOS 1:2a KJV).” Mandy closed her Bible and brushed the chill bumps from her arms. “This is too much,” she said. “How can I have a romance with You, Lord Jesus. That’s just not right…”
Within Mandy’s spirit, she felt He was prompting her to understand beyond what words could express, the holy love He felt for her. Jesus did love her; this she knew, but what was this strange language she was reading? She felt this must be an expression of divine love. What else could this represent? And why this romantic language?
Could it be, that Song of Solomon was an allegory of Christ’s love? After all, the New Testament allegorized her as the Bride of Christ. Mandy decided to test the theory. If Song of Solomon was, indeed, written as an allegorical representation of Jesus’s love for her as His Bride, then she would see other congruent language.
She opened her Bible and read verse two again, continuing, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine (SOS 1:2b KJV).”
Mandy recalled a time of study where she had studied Old Testament customs. When a gentleman was ready to propose to his bride, he would offer her a cup of wine. What was better than the wine? It was the “yes” his lady would say to him. If she sipped, and spoke, she was agreeing to her suitor’s proposal of marriage.
Mandy felt a warmth wafting through her window. She recalled the warmth she’d felt within her spirit as she received Communion while reflecting on her Savior’s sacrificial love, and the wine as representative of the blood He shed on Calvary’s cross.
“My Beloved Jesus, thank You for the message You have allegorized for me, Your Bride, in this holy book, Song of Solomon. Draw me into a knowledge of Your divine love and peace for me. Open this book to me.”
Mandy continued to read, but it took many weeks. After this, she continued to reflect on these passages daily, for she needed the reassurance that Jesus was her Spiritual Husband and she was His Bride… What had begun as a read-through of the Bible, continued as a life-long journey into Christ’s divine love as portrayed in Song of Solomon.
Within the pages of this allegorical romance, she read about her Lord’s pierced, gem-set hands, the Communion elements, the myrrh and frankincense, and so much more….
Mandy was immersed into a holy romance found within a holy book. Jesus’ divine peace and love flooded her soul. “I’ve been kissed with the kisses of Your peace,” Mandy said to her Beloved Lord Jesus as she tarried. “I’ve been kissed by my Husband-King. Your allegorical name may be Beloved Solomon–which translates as Beloved Peacemaker– but I know Your true identity is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved Solomon’s Kiss is a fictional story based on real life events. Copyright © 2018: All Rights Reserved: Vinewords: Beloved Solomon’s Kiss: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: www.vinewords.net
Concepts outlined in this devotion are explored in detail in the book, The Kiss of Peace: The Bride’s Exploration into Song of Solomon (awaiting publication).
Published: September 2018 (similar version): Christian Broadcasting Network: Senior Producer Beth Patch: Internet Ministries Producer: http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/beloved-solomons-kiss