13) Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon you! What would you see in the Shulamite-as it were, the dance of the two camps?
In the last verse we looked at, the bride had gone to the other vineyards of her Bridegroom to see their progress and help them in any way she could. But now, those she was with previously are calling out for her to come back...they want to be with her. They don't want her to go to the other vineyards, they want her to stay with them.
A good example of this is found in Acts 20:36-37, when Paul was about to leave Ephesus to go to other parts of the Lord's vineyard. The elders wept and openly showed their affection for him, the scripture says 'falling on his neck', desiring he would stay with them. They loved him so, and wanted him to stay with them. This type of passion is what the daughters are feeling now, desiring the bride to come back to them. Have you ever had a mature Christian influence you in such a way that you just want to keep them around, because they encourage and enlighten you to things you don't understand? They seem to have an aura about them that just brightens your outlook. This is the effect the Shulamite is having on those who have been in her company.
This is the only place in the Song of Solomon where she is referred to as the Shulamite, which is a term suggesting she was born in the village of Shulem. It's interesting to note that the name Shulamite and Solomon both stem from the root word in Hebrew meaning "peace". Jesus is the Price of Peace, and so His bride will have the same character trait.
The question arises once again from others who don't understand her...what is it you see in her? The dance of two camps? The 'two camps' is a reference to Mahanaim, the town where Esau pursued Jacob because of his birthright. Just as there was a spiritual battle in this town between God's purpose and the enemy's coming to fruition, so we see in the mature bride this same kind of spiritual battle when others look at her. Whole-hearted, sincere lovers of God will honor the bride, whereas those less sincere that are in a religious system, with their own agenda, will feel threatened and despise her loyalty to Him. It's a 'dance', if you will, between those sold out to Him, and those who are lukewarm in their sincerity. We will find ourselves in this 'dance' until the whole body and bride come into unity. "Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ - from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:13-16)