Week 28   Day 7

 

For an Eastern culture

            in the days

            of arranged marriages

this Song of Solomon is a very romantic view of love

 

The Song speaks of the passions

of being "in love"

            with someone
            who loves
in return

This kind of love

            is usually as strong

            as its mutuality 

           

He says love is as strong as death 

It cannot be quenched by many waters 

That may be true

            but it can be quenched

            by neglect

            abuse

            disappointment

 

             

In reality

            much of what we call "loving"

            does not last forever 

Loving makes one vulnerable 

            most people love

            till it hurts too much. 

 

 

Why is this Song of love in the Bible? 

Some suggest it symbolizes

            the passion of God's "forever" love

            for each one of us 

From God we learn a new concept--

            unconditional love.

 

 

                                            PASSION 
                      Strong as death, it burns like fire.
                             Song of Solomon 4, 5 & 8

 

     1Behold, you are fair, my love!  Behold, you are fair!

You have dove's eyes behind your veil,

Your hair is like a flock of goats, going down from Mount Gilead.

2Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep up from the washing,

Every one of which bears twins, and none is barren among them.

3Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely.

Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate.

4Your neck is like the tower of David, built for an armory,

On which hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

5Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle,

Which feed among the lilies.

     7You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.

8Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse,

Look from the top of Amana, from the top of Hermon,

From the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

9You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse;

With one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace.

10How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse!

How much better than wine is your love,

And the scent of your perfumes than all spices!

11Lips drip as the honeycomb; honey and milk under your tongue;

The fragrance of your garments like the fragrance of Lebanon.

           

     10My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.

11His head is like the finest gold; his locks black as a raven.

12His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters,

Washed with milk, and fitly set.

13His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs.

His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh.

14His hands are rods of gold set with beryl.

His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.

15His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold.

16His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely.

This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

     6Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm;

For love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave;

Its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.

     7Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it.

If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house,

It would be utterly despised.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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