11/28/15 – 337
As we have one more day this week, rather than use it to begin a new story and be interrupted immediately on Sunday, I thought it would be nice – and hopefully, beneficial – to take a brief look at one last part of the mysterious, complex man that was King Solomon. We have read his story, and touched on his writing in Ecclesiastes. But we haven’t even peeked at one of his most famous and beautiful works of poetry. This is the book we know as the Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs.
It begins as no other book of the Bible:
Song 1:1-4 Solomon’s Song of Songs.
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth —
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you — let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
It goes on from there, in fact getting to the point where many have accused it of being almost softly pornographic. Even more have openly questioned its inclusion in the scripture at all. Could it be a mistake? Graphic (albeit beautiful) physical descriptions notwithstanding, we believe that the answer to that question is a very loud and resounding NO! As a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, I believe in the inerrancy of the scripture in all things relating to our salvation – that would include which books are canonical (the Word of God).
So the next step is this – if this incredible book is God’s Word, what exactly is He saying to us through it? The answer is this. Solomon, in the early years of his life and reign, obviously had a relationship with God second to none. His poem we know as ‘Song’ tells us of a love the likes of which few of us are ever fortunate enough to know.
Here’s the thing. God’s Word must speak to all of us. And, we don’t all speak the same language. Some of us will understand through simple and direct language. Some of us will connect through emotion alone. Some will connect through the artistry of the mind – that visual, mental, and emotional – often soul-reaching picture that forms through a special kind of writing called allegory.
Solomon’s description of this soul-deep love connection is truly a description of what joy can be found when one commits completely to that kind of relationship with Jesus Christ. There is no greater joy, no greater love.
I know, it still sounds a little one-sided, maybe? Well, it would, until you remember that He already gave Himself completely to that same relationship with you. He’s just been waiting patiently for you to do the same.
Now, my guess is that most of you reading this already have a relationship with Him, at least to some degree. But do yourself a favor. This weekend, take a little time out from all the post-holiday shopping and hubbub. Find a quiet spot, and read the Song of Songs. Really. (It’s not really very long.) When you’re through, ask yourself one question. Is that how you feel when you think about your relationship with Jesus?
If not, the second question is – don’t you want that? You can have it, you know. It’s up to you. Need help? Talk to your pastor. Give me a call. Pray.