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

* Loving God, thank You for Your love to us that we see so clearly in Jesus.

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.”

Song of Solomon is a book that can sometimes feel difficult to apply in life.

In one sense it is an exclusive piece of content, specifically for marriage. Important to read and wrestle with for men and women through their married life.

But this is God’s word. Beneficial for all of God’s people across all of life (single, married, widowed).

And with this lens, the book points us to Jesus.

God’s word tells us that He is the groom and the church is the bride.

As with our earthly marriages, so with Jesus.

Our love is to be of exultation and rejoicing!

When at times it is hard to “feel”, we can find comfort and strength in faithfulness.

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.”

Over time, little by little, layer upon layer, year after year – Taking time to remember, to grow day by day – This is protection and sustenance in God’s good order.

Protection as we covenant together with Him. Our thoughts being more and more brought into line with His, towards what true active love is in God’s design.

And sustenance, because we all grow tired each day, reminding us to remember and actively call out the beauty of our beloved is beneficial and important and gives nourishment!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for marriage here on earth, between and man and a woman, covenanting together in You.

Thank You for Jesus, the groom to the church as bridegroom. Jesus, who keeps both sides of the covenant between God and man, His faithful witness exhorting us onwards.

Thank You for the day to come 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 long for Your return – Come Lord Jesus, come!

Amen.

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