Category: Song of Songs–BibleTrekToday
Scripture reading for September 24th: Song of Songs 4-6, 1st Timothy 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul stated the mission of our Lord Jesus simply: Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Paul was a murderer and blasphemer of Christ before his encounter with Jesus. Because of Christ’s perfect patience, Paul was saved and became a follower and worshiper of Christ, praising the “King of the ages.”
Song of Songs 5:2, 10 “I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My Beloved is knocking.” . . . “My Beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, King of the ages, thank You for Your perfect patience with me, a sinner. I want to follow You and worship You forever. Amen.
Scripture reading for September 21st: Ecclesiastes 12, Song of Songs 1-3, 2nd Thessalonians 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Thessalonians 3:10-13 “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.”
Some in the church were idle and living off the work of others. Paul warned them not to be idle, but to be steady in good works and earn their own way. Idleness leads to gossip and meddling and strife. This is not proper in God’s family.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of men. For God will bring every deed into judgment with every secret thing, whether good or bad.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for calling Your people to good works and earning a living. Keep me mindful that I will have to answer to You for my conduct on earth. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 27th: Song of Songs 6-8, Isaiah 1
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 1:18-20 “”Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah was called to prophesy to God’s people in Judah and Israel during a time of rebellion and apostasy. The Lord spoke through him to call the people of God back to a right relationship. They had a choice to make. They could willingly repent and return to God or they could continue to resist and rebel. They could eat the best of the land or be devoured by the sword. The choice looked simple to a reasonable person!
Thankful for washing: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1st Corinthians 6:9-11
Scripture reading for July 26th: Song of Songs 1-5
Key Scriptures: Song of Songs 2:10-13 “My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
Solomon’s love story concerned his bride and her account of his proposal to come away with him. It was a new season of love and the earth was in an amazing renewal. Joy was in the air as singing burst forth from all creation and the doves of peace told of their love and called all to peace and joy! This story is a metaphor for another love story of a Bridegroom who will come for His Bride, the Church. It will be a time of joyous celebration and a season of singing like no other in the history of the world!
The “catching away” will bring singing: “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)
Scripture reading for July 16th: Song of Songs 1-8
I first met my wife-to-be at a state science fair in Iowa. Two years later, we both enrolled at Iowa State University. We had classes in the chemistry building and seemed to run into each other frequently there. (I am sure she plotted it that way!) The summer before we got married, I went to basic training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Being apart was hard but her letters, sometimes laced with perfume, kept love growing! We have been married for 46 years!
The Song of Songs is a love poem said to be the greatest of many songs that Solomon composed. “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.” (Song of Songs 1:3) Perfumes have a fragrance that can bring pleasant sensations and arouse passions. “While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” (Song of Songs 1:12) The beloved wife used her perfume to entice her husband at dinner. Her vision of him was one of pleasant and close intimacy! “He has taken me into His banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.” (Song of Songs 2:)4
“I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.” (Song of Songs 5:2a) The beloved wife had failed to respond to the knock and call for intimacy. She heard the call, but her own comfort was more important. She delayed responding until she smelled the fragrance of myrrh on the door latch. “I opened for my lover, but my lover had left. He was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.” (Song of Songs 5:6)
The love story ends with a call to intimacy. “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7) “Let me hear your voice”. . . “Come away, my lover. . .” (Song of Songs 8:13-14) Listen closely, Jesus is calling!
Scripture reading for July 16th: Song of Songs 1-8
Solomon was a poet and song writer. It is recorded that he wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs! (1st Kings 4:32) This song is recorded as the best of all his songs! It is a love story or play written with a small cast of characters. There is the “lover” who is Solomon and the “beloved” who is his Shulammite bride. There are the “friends” that are friends of the bride. They are part of the bridal company awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom. This song gives insight into the powerful pull of love on the hearts of two who are to be married and describes details of their thought life as they anticipate being intimately together.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you–let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.” (Song of Songs 1:2-4) The beloved speaks of her desire for her man, the king. She is intoxicated with love for him and desires to be taken away and alone with him. Even his name brings her sensory pleasure like a sweet-smelling perfume poured out!
“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” (Song of Songs 2:14) The king speaks tenderly to his bride. He desires to see her face and hear her voice. She is special to him and while they are apart, thoughts of her beauty and sweet voice arouse desire to be close.
“Where has your lover gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did you lover turn, that we may look for him with you?” (Song of Songs 6:1) The friends encouraged the bride as she pursued her lover who had slipped away. These friends are part of the bridal company of virgins awaiting the coming of the bridegroom. As we look at these verses of this ancient song, we remember that Jesus Christ is our heavenly bridegroom and His church is the bride. We, the Church, await His return and prepare for a face to face meeting that will last for eternity! Are you ready?
Scripture reading for July 16th: Song of Songs 1-8
Everyone loves a good love story. I first met my wife-to-be at a state science fair in Iowa. Mary had a project right next to mine, but I had another girlfriend at the time. We enjoyed talking for the two days of the science fair. Two years later, we both enrolled at Iowa State University. We had classes in the chemistry building and seemed to run into each other frequently there. (I am sure she plotted it that way!) We began to do lots of things together and found ourselves in love! The summer before we got married, I had to go away for basic training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Mary wrote often and I loved getting the letters. Being apart was hard but the letters, sometimes laced with perfume, brought fond memories and kept love growing! We have been married for 41 years and still love each other!
The Song of Songs is a love poem or play, the greatest of many songs that Solomon composed. It tells the story of his courtship and marriage to one of his many wives. It details the interaction and passion between the two of them. I have always enjoyed reading this book and have a few favorite passages. “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.” Song of Songs 1:3 Perfumes have a fragrance that can bring pleasant sensations and arouse passions. How lovers say each others names or even give each other “pet” names can be a special form of communication that is pleasant to the ear and heart! “While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” Song of Songs 1:12 The beloved wife used her perfume to entice her husband at dinner. Her vision of him was one of pleasant and close intimacy! “He has taken me into His banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.” Song of Songs 2:4 The beloved is invited into the banqueting hall and enjoys the covering of his love!
“I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.” Song of Songs 5:2a Often time when sleeping, we are still aware of our lover even when they are not there . Our heart is awake with love. This time, the beloved wife fails to respond to the knock and call for intimacy. She hears the call, but her own comfort is more important. She delays responding until she realizes as she awakes that the fragrance of myrrh is on the door latch arousing her desire for him. “I opened for my lover, but my lover had left. He was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.” Song of Songs 5:6 Love drove her to action to restore the intimacy!
The love story ends with a call to intimacy and permanence. “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7) “Let me hear your voice”. . . “Come away, my lover. . .” Song of Songs 8:13-14 Listen closely, Jesus is calling!