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Song of Songs 5-6
Four times throughout the Song of Songs, an ancient form of poetry known as the “wasf” or the “blazon” is employed. Through this device, the Shulamite is described using promised land imagery and Solomon described using temple imagery. These pronouncements of love challenge our modern standards of beauty. Other subjects covered in this section include: Loving our spouse by pursuing friendship. A critique on an obsession with purity that confuses the reality with the symbol (fasting while the bridegroom is present; the error of the Pharisees and the modern equivalent.) The beauty of the church, our worth and value in Christ.
Song of Solomon 3-4
Every good love story shares the same basic template. It centers around some conflict that drives the two characters apart. This tension, the separation and distance prior to coming together, is at the heart of romance; it involves adventure, danger and peril. We love it because all things that are good and beautiful are a reflection of THE meta-story. The Song of Solomon is no different. It begins with a conflict, a distance between two lovers and the Shulamite’s longing and anticipation for intimacy and communion with her beloved. We are reminded of the many forms of closeness, separation, delay and the various degrees of anticipation between us and our Lord now and throughout our history in Scripture. We are reminded of why we celebrate intimacy and the coming together in our own wedding feasts. Finally, we are exhorted to cultivate a certain kind of tenacious, wrestling, fiery, passionate, fighting faith that is not worried about being embarrassed, but is only worried about Him giving us His covenant blessing.
Song of Solomon 1
The Song of Solomon is a romantic comedy. Romance is the adventure of relationships, the story of investing in another, in doing the work necessary to become attractive to another. As a reflection of the divine meta-narrative, all romance mirrors the story of Christ wooing his bride. On the surface, the Song of Solomon is a poetic love song between the Shulamite and her beloved Solomon. As an allegory it pictures Israel’s history using language of temple worship, exile, restoration and triumph over death. It is also a picture of the bride being elevated through trial and suffering from one level of glory to another; a theme shared with the Book of Revelation. It challenges us to be lovesick. It is a call to love the church, shun prudish gnosticism in marriage and abound in grace towards one another.