Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday, June 1st: Song of Songs 1-4 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Song of Solomon 1-4

I found this book a little confusing when I first started to read these chapters, I wasn't always sure who was represented by what.. etc, so I used the help of the Matthew Henry commentary to help me understand what I was reading. I wanted to get an understanding of this book at the beginning, so I have an idea what I'm reading as we go through it in the coming days.

In the first chapter we read an exchange between God and the church (believers), going back and forth expressing their love for each other. We see poetry used in these verses to show God's great love for us,

Song of Solomon 1:15 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

In the second chapter we read how Christ speaks, concerning himself and the church, and encourages us to get up and come with Him,

Song of Solomon 2:10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.

Chapter 3 talks at the beginning of how the church has lost its way and is searching again for God, and to be right with God again.

Song of Solomon 3:4 Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me.

In chapter 4 we read how Jesus has adopted and called the church to be His. He compliments her beauty in poetic fashion in verse 11,

Song of Solomon 4:11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Song of Solomon 5-8


Conrad said...

I too was finding this reading confusing, so thanks for sharing the commentary from Matthew Henry.

Tammy Reimer said...

I love how scripture is so much more than one dimensional. Song of Solomon teachers us about our relationship with God, and has much to say on the relationship between husband and wife as well.

2:15 Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before the ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!

My Life Application bible says that this is a warning not to allow "little foxes" or minor irritations to become problematic in a relationship. Small irritations should be ignored, or covered by love. Larger ones should be dealt with so they do not become an issue.