May 31, Reading 2 – Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7

Reading

Audio, Visual

SAA Notes

In New Testament times, you had to be over 18 years of age before you were allowed to read this book. This meant that you were most likely married too. God never wrote a marriage manual for us, but He did cause to be written this love poem. It celebrates the joys of marriage and of sex within marriage. To understand the poetic metaphors used, you must SEE or PICTURE the various scenes or illustrations. This book is meant for couples to read out loud to each other the appropriate parts.

SJA Notes

* Lord God Above, please show us today what you would have us know from this passage in Your word.

Song of Solomon/Songs is a book of God’s word that most of us know about, but that can sometimes be difficult to apply into our lives today.

It is an exclusive content, specifically for marriage – But it is God’s word, which means it is beneficial for all of God’s people (single, married, widowed).

This song does point us to Jesus. Yes, it’s about an earthly marriage. But there is a reason why God’s word tells us that Christ is the groom of the church (the bride)!

Our love for Jesus is to be of exultation and rejoicing!

But then too, in our marriages, this is to be true. As Solomon previously exhorted us at the end of Ecclesiastes, to find joy in our spouse of our youth. God has given to us marriage, it is a gift!

Through the times when it is hard to “feel”, we can find comfort and strength here (and in further passages of the book).

As a bloke, I find this book immensely powerful OVER TIME, little by little, layer by layer, year after year. That taking the time to remember, “Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.” – To be reminded of these words, these truths, it is PROTECTION and SUSTENANCE in God’s good order.

Protection of the marriage made under God, covenanted together with Him, a three-fold cord (not lightly broken). Our thoughts being more and more aligned towards the Lord, and towards what true active love really is in God’s design.

And sustenance for our marriages, because we all grow tired each day, and being reminded to remember and actively state the beauty of our wives/husbands is beneficial and important and gives nourishment, spiritual and physical!

* Gracious Father, thank You for marriage.

Thank You for Jesus, the head of the church, the bridegroom.

Thank You for Your people, the bride.

Thank You that we look forward to that day when, “… For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure…”

We cry COME LORD JESUS, COME!

Amen.

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