#054 This is our sixth of eight episodes in our mini-series entitled, Fear of the LORD | Job thru Song of Songs. On this episode we explore King Solomon’s third of three books found in the Wisdom literature; Song of Songs. Solomon is noted in 1 Kings 4:32 to have written 1,005 songs of which the scriptures only record one.
The title of this one song, Song of Songs, suggests it is the most highly regarded of his songs in the same sense as the phrases King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The highest or most venerated of many of the same.
The Jews include Song of Songs in a collection of five books called the Megillot (five scrolls) which also includes the books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations. They read it every Passover and call it the Holy of Holies of Scripture. For the Jews it sets forth the heart of a fulfilled husband and faithful wife.
But why is this song so highly venerated and included in the scriptures at all given it does not explicitly mention God, except possibly in Song of Songs 8:6 when referring to a very intense flame. Song of Songs is one of four Old Testament books which are not quoted in the New Testament. The other three books are Esther, Obadiah, and Nahum. Esther does not mention God at all.
History has demonstrated time and again God superintended inclusion of every book in the Canon of scripture we still have today for a reason. I believe God speaking through the pen of Solomon beautifully put into poetry in the Song of Songs that emotional and undefinable intimacy and bonding connection between man and woman who marry becoming husband and wife and one flesh; naked and not ashamed.
The effects of the fall smeared the true image of love and marriage as the man and woman realized they are naked and in the shame of exposure hid from each other with coverings of fig leaves. Listen and discover through Song of Songs the significance of marriage in God’s eyes.
Why is marriage a BIG DEAL? 1) Marriage was instituted by God in the Garden of Eden; 2) Marriage is the means for a husband and wife to become one flesh in the Spirit; 3) Marriage is the source of Godly offspring; 4) Marriage is not called vanity by Solomon in his book of Ecclesiastes but rather something to be enjoyed; 5) Marriage reflects a man’s love for his wife; 6) Marriage reflects God’s love for Israel; 7) Marriage reflects Christ’s love for his church; and 8) Marriage reflects Christ’s love for the individual believer.
Grace and Peace to you... DrZ
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