Why Song of Solomon is so important
From dating to marriage, Song of Solomon poetically presents the assurance of love in a broad range of events and feelings in the days leading up to and during marriage. It offers encouragement toward an enduring love amid the petty jealousies and fears that often threaten even the strongest of relationships.
In a world where so many speak of God’s special gifts with coldly clinical or apathetic language, This book remains singular within the Old Testament for at least two reasons: its character as a single poem and its subject matter, particularly the frank discussion of love between a married couple. The book provides a sanctifying look at the most powerful passion God ever created that will free the reader from false guilt and shame. Rabbi Aqiba vigorously defended the book’s place in the Jewish canon even as late as AD 90 at the Council of Jamnia.
If God didn’t want us to ever mention physical love, asks Dr. David Jeremiah, then why did He devote an entire book of the Bible — Song of Solomon — to this “forbidden” subject?
Song of Solomon is the love story of a man and a woman. The Book of Kings says that Solomon wrote 1005 songs. Only this one survives.
The union that takes place at marriage is described in some of the most splendid poetic, romantic and erotic language available in the entire Bible. The passion of Solomon’s poetry refreshes a world thirsty for the truth about marriage.
The Song of Solomon raised the topic of physical beauty and love within marriage. It has made many of its readers throughout history uncomfortable, by its uniquely detailed vision of physical beauty and a testament to marriage relationship in its fullness.
The courtship or dating and wedding belong to the oriental age and completely different to our Western customs. Solomon started his rendering of the relationship between the two lovers in courtship longing for affection while expressing their love for one another (Song of Solomon 1:1–3:5). Eventually, they come together in marriage, the groom extolling his bride’s beauty before they consummate their relationship (3:6–5:1). Finally, the woman struggles with the fear of separation, while the man reassures his bride of his affections for her (5:2–8:14).
There are benefits in reading the Song of Solomon as a devotional commentary, or as a lovers’ poem. You should allow the inspired verses of the text to speak to your heart. Such approach to Canticles can lead to a transforming sense of personal identity of what it means to be a whole person in Christ. The fall of Adam and Eve and all their descendants is reversed by the mediating work of the Holy Spirit
A good marriage is meant to help two broken, unfulfilled people and grow them up into mature manhood and womanhood in Christ.
Although the imagery in the Song of Solomon is archetypal but you will find this book of deep wisdom a mirroring action of masculinity and femininity within your marriage. Therefore, you should consider your marriage a sign of God’s goodness and beauty working in your life.
Song of Solomon reminds us that both marriage and the physical union that follows originate in God; we should, therefore, consider each of them as evidence of His grace working itself out in the world.
We should heed the Song’s sublime words by continuing to value marriage, appreciating the goodness and the beauty borne out of the union of two people in holy matrimony. This, in general, expresses Christ’s love for His bride, the church.
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