Today’s Reading: Song of Solomon (yes the whole book, all 8 chapters, all 121 verses 😉 )
Did you know at one point people were told not to read it until they were at least 30? Interesting side note – The Mormons include it in their bible but do not consider it inspired text. It is not referenced in the New Testament and there is no direct or indirect reference to God in the text.
I was challenged by this book – what to write about it. It can be a sensitive subject. If my premise for the year has been “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable” then I have to look at Song of Solomon as something I should not shy away from. So please go ahead and read it.
Some things to consider as you read the book. The most often aspect of the book that has been discussed for thousands of years is this – what is the book about? Here are a few possibilities:
- The book is an allegory of God and his love for the children of Israel. The deep emotions and expression of love in the book is really a story about how much God loves Israel and how much Israel responds to that love.
- Likewise, the book could be an allegory of Christ and his love for the church of believers.
- Another proposes that the book is a messianic text written with “The Lover” as a symbol of the The Messiah. Like a bridegroom coming to claim his bride – the church. Some relate the text to Psalm 45 which has a similar theme.
- Still others think the passage may actually be ancient Egyptian and Babylonian love songs, traditional Semitic wedding songs and songs related to ancient Mesopotamian fertility religions
- On the other hand, the book could simply be what it purports to be. A series of songs that Solomon wrote about the love that a man and a woman share. A true deep sensual love.
After having reread the Song of Solomon once again today, I have come to the conclusion that it is a lovely poem of love shared between two. The young man and his young woman.
Sure, if you try real hard you can see how some could seek other interpretations, but why? Isn’t the prose beautiful enough without the need to make it something more.
God intended for the love of a husband and a wife to be a pure experience filled with pleasure and love – Solomon captures that feeling well in his Song of Songs. It is part of God’s word and worth reading.
Song of Songs 8:6 – 7 (NLT)
6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
the brightest kind of flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love,
nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
with all his wealth,
his offer would be utterly scorned.