每日诗歌: 愛我願意 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyL3wgHLPM)
Song of Solomon 6 [Read]
Song of Solomon 7 [Read]
Song of Solomon 8 [Read]
Galatians 1 [Read]
The inclusion of Song of Songs in the Holy Scripture has puzzled many since the infancy of Christianity, and some even discouraged young believers to read it in fear of being misunderstood. Therefore, special care is needed in reading these love poems. Although interpretations differ, it is generally recognized that the book conveys the love between God and his people.
First, it shows the mutual affirmation and longing between God (the lover) and his people (the beloved). The beloved is deeply attracted by the love and name of the lover (Songs 1:2-4), and she is willing to run after him in all cost. Similarly, the lover’s passion is shown through praise of her beauty (1:9-11, 2:15). When they are not together, the anxiety out of longing is unbearable (3:1-4). It is wonderful to imagine that, with the sinful nature and deeds we have, God still sees us as the precious crown of His Creation, just as kids are always beautiful in their parents’ eyes.
Second, it shows the intimacy between God and his people. Throughout this book, the author describes the love between the lover and the beloved in very explicit terms. The wedding passage (3:6-5:1) is filled with erotic terms that could make some readers blush, and the description of the mutual longing followed the separation (6:1-8:3) is filled with obvious passion. I cannot honestly say that I am able to fully appreciate such depth of God’s love, but that’s the beauty of our God and his enduring love, for it takes us whole life to learn a small part of it.
Finally, it shows the mutual exclusivity between God and his people. “I am my lover’s and my lover is mine” (6:3), and “the love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame” (8:6). God is a jealous God, not in the sense of obsession to control, but a desire of protection and guidance stemmed from deep compassion. This mutual exclusivity is the main theme throughout the entire Bible. “I am your God and you are my people”. Make no mistake about it.
The Song of Songs provides us a glimpse of eternity where we will be with our God forever. We may not completely grasp his deep love now, but I hope we have known enough through his word and our own experience to say “even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20, KJV).
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