By Mike Chaffin
13 You who dwell in the gardens, the companions listen for your voice—
Let me hear it!
14 Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.
The Song of Solomon, also called the Song of Songs, authorship is attributed to Solomon as one of the 1005 songs he wrote during his life. When he asked for wisdom, God not only granted that gift, but added many more skills. Its placement in the Bible as wisdom literature makes it an important book to read and study.
Different teachers have come away from the book with different thoughts as to how to interpret it.
- Allegory – the book expresses God’s love for his people. Each part expresses some symbolic meaning.
- Dramatic Narrative – The book tells the story of the love affair between Solomon and a Shulamite woman and their upcoming wedding.
- Extended Parable – Not every section has a particular meaning but the whole teaches the love Jesus has for the church.
- Literal – Solomon is simply celebrating the virtues of human love.
No matter how one interprets the book the last word is still the same – love. The book celebrates love using the narrative of a no holds barred romance between a bride and groom to be.
If you are married remember back to those days of courting when you couldn’t stand to be apart. That is what they are saying in the last words today. Let’s be together as soon as possible. Don’t let anything delay your arrival.
God’s love is like that too. He loves you and he wants a relationship with you. He wants you to talk to Him, listen to Him, be comforted, and directed. The Apostle John said, by our love others will know we are Christians. Now more than ever, the world needs our love. The world needs Jesus and the love He gave on the cross.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for these words on love. Our love for you should be like a newlywed yearning for your voice. You compare your love for the church to a marriage between a man and a woman. Awaken love in us, restore lost love, lead us into a deeper relationship with you. In Jesus name, amen.