What is your favourite song of all time? Is it a happy song, a reflective song, a love song, a sad song? Is it the message, the tune or a special memory that causes you to love this song? What do you think God’s favourite song is? Ask him.
Did you get a chance to read through the Song of Songs last week? Did it make you blush or did you just read really quickly over any sections? In a book like this, it’s easy to see how people get messed up on it. Also easy to see why many people avoid it altogether.
Many of the ancient Jews and also many Christian Bible teachers considered this to be the most important book in the whole Bible? One guy preached about 100 messages and only got to chapter 2 – he just kept getting new insights into God’s loving heart for people as he read and meditated on the words in this book.
For this week, here are some cheat notes to understanding what’s going on in this book.
The Song of All Songs: “The Song—best of all songs—Solomon’s song!” (Song of Songs 1.1, The Message)
There are many ways people read this book, and a few that I enjoy, we’re going to look at this as a story of the love between God and an individual believer. Let’s meditate on this story and try to understand our place in the Divine love story. We will also see how this story of passionate love is played out in the life of Jesus and the experience of the early church. (I have a suspicion that Song of Songs was the Apostle Paul’s favourite book too.)
1 John 4.19 “We love because he first loved us.”Jesus also considered himself to be the Bridegroom in Luke 5.34 “Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?”
Ephesians 5.27 “ and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
This is the role John the Baptist saw himself in John 3.29 “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.”
We are encouraged to love Jesus in such a way that it is visible by Peter when he says: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3.15
This week, read the whole story through up to 4 times. Each time, imagine that you’re a different character (Groom, Bride, Friends, Interested observers). What do you notice when you read it this way?
I love you.