Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 48 Monday

Song of Solomon 1:1-3:5

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Throughout the New Testament Jesus is compared to a bridegroom. We are told of His love for the institution of the church, Jerusalem, and each individual believer. As such, this whole book about marital love is about Jesus, the One who draws us so that we will run after Him. After all, we are called His followers!
  • Solomon names himself as the Rose of Sharon and lily of the valleys, fragrant flowers. Jesus was the offering of a sweet-smelling savor as represented by the sacrificial offerings and incense.
  • Solomon used the fig tree as a sign that new life was coming to the earth in the springtime. Jesus used the fig tree as an example of watching for the sign of His coming.
  • The bride waited for her beloved and watched for him to appear. Jesus told His followers to watch  and wait for Him in the same manner as a wife would wait expectantly for her husband to arrive.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • In 1:11 the bridegroom describes some of the riches that he will lavish upon his beloved by decorating her wardrobe with riches of gold and silver. Scriptures tell of some of the riches that will be shared by God with those that He loves.
  • 2:4 tells of the banquet table that Solomon prepared for his beloved. Revelation chapter 19 tells of the celebratory marriage supper of the Lamb.
  • The wife hears her husband calling her to come away with him after enduring winter weather (2:10-11). Christians await the time when Jesus will call them away after their time of enduring this life.

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)