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Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 2 - Song of Songs (Song of Solomon): Pure Love Allowed to Ripen

Today’s Reading: Song of Songs (Song of Solomon)

The Message

English Standard Version

Today’s reading is the entire book of the Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon (book 13). It is a love poem between a man and a woman with a chorus interjecting to ask questions. It is frustratingly vague as to who the woman could be; therefore, it is placed in this position.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Each person earnestly desires to be with the other.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

This is the best of all songs--Solomon’s song!
A woman calls out to her lover because she misses him while he works. They lovingly exchange intimate feelings of love. They compliment each other on their beauty and strength. They belong to each other. Being apart causes anxiety.
One night, he came to her door asking to come in. When she finally opened the door, he was gone. She went looking for him but was caught and mistreated. She does not wish to ever leave her lover again! Each tell of their lover’s wonder and long to reunite soon.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Do not rush love—allow it to bloom until it is ripe.

The woman in this song repeats this theme three times. True, wonderful love is allowed to ripen before it is taken and consumed. What wise advice for lovers of any age. Don’t rush into a relationship—allow it to blossom and grow naturally and it will be enjoyed by both. When love is prematurely devoured it leave both sides feeling worse.

Be possessed with love—do not possess love.

The woman twice exclaims “My lover is mine, and I am his” (2:16, 6:3, The Message). They also humble themselves to believe they did not “earn” the love of the other but were brought up to a higher place. Neither believes they “own” the relationship and allows the other to possess them. When you allow your lover to possess you, you realize that your feelings toward each other glue you together instead of chain you up.

Why is this book here?

This question applies to this book more than most. It does not discuss God’s love with His People. It does not even include God’s name. So why is this book here? I believe it is here because the Song of Songs—Solomon’s Song displays pure love between man and woman. It shows what love can be when it stays unmolested by either side taking control or allowing cheap love alternatives to spoil it.

Do you have a ripened love?

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