June 2, Reading 2 – Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1

Reading

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SAA Notes

The Apostle Paul when he uses the illustration of the human body to the Church says: And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty. So too in this work, those parts are treated with special modesty. Images such as hills, mountains, gardens, fountains, aromatic plants all were immediately understood 3,000 years ago in terms of human physiology and bodily responses. God wants married couples to be able to talk with each other about this most central subject to their marriage with appropriate delicacy, humour and tact.

SJA Notes

“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”

This is an important idea to wrestle with.

Beautiful and breath-taking poetry aside, this is God’s word.

In the now, husbands must work hard at singular devotion to their wives.

In the now, wives must work hard at singular devotion to their husbands.

We are to love one another with a steadfast faithful love, a love that ascends past our limited frail selves – God’s love first shown to us.

So that we can say truer and deeper each day of our beloved,

“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”

And how much then do we look forward to the _not yet_, where truly, as we read of our King Jesus, the Christ, and His bride, the church – That in the new heavens and the new earth we will have no flaw, perfectly adorned for the marriage supper of the Lamb (read Revelation 19 and 21).

* Loving God,

Thank You for Your faithfulness, without end, steadfast and true.

Thank You for Your love, given in grace, mercy abounding.

Please help us to love one another as You have first loved us.

Amen.

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