Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bible Musings (The Song of Solomon)

"The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's."  Song of Solomon 1:1

Finding it difficult to quote just a section of Song of Solomon and keep the context intact, I will simply quote verse 1 and leave you with John MacArthur's description of this particular book (which I think sums it up quite nicely).

"Song of Solomon should be taken at face value and interpreted in the normal historical sense, understanding the frequent use of poetic imagery to depict reality. To do so understands that Solomon recounts 1) his own days of courtship, 2) the early days of his first marriage, followed by 3) the maturing of this royal couple through the good and bad days of life. The Song of Solomon expands on the ancient marriage instructions of Genesis 2:24 ("Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."), thus providing spiritual music for a lifetime of marital harmony. It is given by God to demonstrate His intention for the romance and loveliness of marriage, the most precious of human relations and the "grace of life" (1 Peter 3:7 "Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.")--John MacArthur Study Bible

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