“Oh how I love Your Torah! All day long it is my conversation.” Psalms 119:97
This will be a fairly short Op as chapter two is very short and most of it is pretty self explanatory. To recap what we learned in part one, Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) is a book of love…describing the love HaShem has for His people Whom He calls ‘Israel!’ Further, as we saw in part one of this series, this simple book utterly destroys the Replacement Theology doctrine of the systems of religion and shows just how sweet and good HaShem, His Ways and His Torah truly are!
HaShem uses the elements of His creation to constantly teach us these concepts, things we can see, touch, smell, taste and experience…He uses everything to reinforce to us walking according to His Ways will ensure success, prosperity, security and embody life itself. Is it easy? Not a chance! It is a lifelong struggle, but is so very worth it in the end!
But before we can begin part two, always remember the following:
– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
It is interesting in that this weeks Torah portion i.e. Chayei Sarah found in Genesis 23:1-25:18, as it pertains to finding a wife for Isaac i.e. Rebecca, which we will discuss when we get to that part.
Shir HaShirim 2:1-17 says “I am but a rose of Sharon, even an ever fresh rose of the valleys. Like the rose maintaining its beauty among the thorns, so is My faithful beloved among the nations. (Like the rose among thorns…this is a reference to Rebecca in that HaShem had Isaac’s wife preserved even in while living amidst the world, a reference also to Israel, the Bride of Messiah!)
The Midrash says the following about the significance of a rose: “Just as the rose is not meant for any purpose other than its fragrance, so too, the righteous of HaShem among Israel were created for no purpose other than the redemption of the people of Israel. The rose is not created for itself, i.e., it itself is not eaten; rather, its purpose is for its fragrance to spread and be enjoyed far and wide. Similarly, the righteous of HaShem are not created for themselves, but so that their entire generation can benefit from them.” Continuing on.
(Israel speaking to HaShem) Like the fruitful fragrant apple tree among the barren trees of the forest, so is my Beloved among the gods. In His shade I delighted and there I sat, and the fruit of His Torah was sweet to my palate. He brought me to the chamber of Torah delights and clustered my encampments about Him in love.
Sustain me in exile with dainty cakes, spread fragrant apples about me to comfort my dispersion, for bereft of Your Presence, I am sick with love. With memories of His loving support in the desert, of His left hand under my head (An idiom to reference the First set of Tablets Moshe brought down), of His right hand enveloping me (Another idiom to reference the Second set of Tablets Moshe brought down). I adjure you, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, lest you become as defenseless as gazelles or hinds of the field, if you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies.
The voice of my Beloved! Behold it came suddenly to redeem me, as if leaping over mountains, skipping over hills. In His swiftness to redeem me, my Beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. I thought I would be forever alone, but behold! He was standing behind our wall, observing through the windows, peering through the lattices.
It is very interesting to read the commentary discussing HaShem peering through the lattices as this is a reference to the Temple Services performed by the Kohanim (Priests) in the Temple each day! Another reason why we want the Temple to be rebuilt and the Temple Services to resume in Jerusalem as soon as possible! I digress.
My Beloved called out and said to me: ‘Arise My love, My fair one, and go forth. For the winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is over and gone. The righteous blossoms are seen in the land, the time of your song has arrived, and the voice of your guide is heard in the land. The fig tree has formed its first small figs, ready for ascent to the Temple. The vines are in blossom, their fragrance declaring they are ready for libation. Arise My love, My fair one and go forth!’
O My dove, trapped at the sea as if in the clefts of the rock, the concealment of the terrace. Show Me your prayerful gaze, let Me hear your supplicating voice, for your voice is sweet and your countenance comely. Seize for us the Egyptian foxes, even the small foxes who spoiled Israel’s vineyards while our vineyards had just begun to blossom.
My Beloved is mine, He fills all my needs and I seek from Him and none other. He grazes me in rose like bounty. Until my sin blows His friendship away and sears me like the midday sun and His protection departs, my sin caused Him to turn away. My Beloved, You became like a gazelle or a young hart on the distant mountains..” This paragraph so aptly describes the effects of our sin upon our relationship with our Great King….we sin and it blows His Presence away from us and His protection departs until we repent i.e. return to Him.
We have to remember how He defines sin. Sin is the breaking of His Torah plain and simple. So then how can Yeshua have come to render the Torah obsolete and toss it aside as Replacement Theology teaches? He didn’t free us from the Torah, He paid the penalty for breaking the Torah, so that the covenant between HaShem and Israel could be renewed and restored and what are the terms of the covenant? His Torah! Point is, first He saves us by His choice, then He presents to us His Torah and says “Now that I have saved you, here is how you are to walk out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Me.”
As I have said many times before, Torah is the means to be set apart unto HaShem as His people. Salvation is not obtained nor maintained by keeping the Torah, but if we are going to be His servants, then Torah is the only way to do that. Can we do it perfectly? Sadly not yet…BUT I have complete faith that one day, HaShem will do what He promises to do and that sinful nature of mine will be forever purged and removed and THEN I can walk in absolute perfection unto HaShem, our Great and Merciful King.
I hope and pray you can see how much HaShem regards Israel and how sweet and delightful His Torah, His Temple, His Feasts, His Shabbat and His Ways truly are? We will expound on these further in part three coming up.
- Shir HaShirim
- The Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim
- Talmud Bavli