|Posted by Lorraine Serra on September 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM|
A Love Story For All Time
Full of passion, beauty, ecstasy and joy in marriage, the Song of Songs is a profound song/poem rich with history and symbolism. With an inspired pen, King Solomon, known as the Wisest Man who ever lived, has recorded lessons for romance and commitment in marriage. He has also provided a picture of Christ's love for the Church, and God's unbreakable covenant with the nation of Israel. Most scholars agree this is not meant to be an allegory, but a divinely directed love song to all people from our foremost Lover, the Creator God.
Perhaps you've heard this verse from Solomon's epic song/poem in the works of William Wordsworth and William Blake: “For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.” We will discover other verses echoing the images and words from the Old Testament and the New.
Love is the key word in the Song. This love presents the passionate desire between a man and a woman and celebrates the potential of marriage grounded on covenant principles. It is truly beautiful, and stands true through the ages. Who can resist the power of these verses: “I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine”; “You have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes.”
Does that make your heart melt? Does that draw you in? It does for me.
But, beyond passion, Solomon presents the desire of God's heart for us. “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!” Just as marital love cannot flourish without time alone, neither can our relationship with God blossom without spending private time with Him. This is a covenant principle, one that is unchanging and proven through the ages:
Love requires devoted presence and time. Friendship, too, requires presence and time.
“This is my beloved, and this is my friend.” Here is the essence of the Song, and the cry of the human heart. Trust and assurance in a relationship. Even more significant is this:
To know we have friendship with God, to be certain of His love, unconditional love, is the most liberating experience possible. Nothing can ever separate us from God's love demonstrated in the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
As we study through the Song and the Biblical parallels within it, I pray we can grow to appreciate God's amazing love poured out for us in Christ and let it flood over into our marriages, our engagements, our friendships and our communities.
So, friends, read through the Song of Solomon, sometimes called Canticle of Canticles. It is located right after Ecclesiastes and before Isaiah. I pray the lessons we learn will enrich and enhance our lives in surprising ways!
I invite you to mention any verses that jump out for you on your first read through. Feel free to post them on my Facebook page and we can talk about them there in community.
Talk to you tomorrow! Love & prayers, Lorraine
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