Week 49 Thursday

Behold My Beloved

Today’s scripture selection: Song of Solomon 1-2

Key verse: Song of Solomon 2:8

“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.”

According to tradition and Scripture – King Solomon wrote over a thousand songs (see First Kings 4:32) and spoke thousands of parables.  The Song of Solomon or the “Song of Songs” is one that has long been studied.  Some love it – some think it’s too racy to be in the Bible.  You can decide that one for yourself.

But I see it in a lovely parable; a celebration of marriage as it should be; and a reflection of God’s love for us.

One particularly interesting interpretation of the Song says it is a sort of “Cinderella” story – about a poor girl; a worker in the vineyards.  Her work forces her into the fields where she meets a young shepherd.  It’s love at first sight, but as these stories go – he must leave – promising one day to return.  One day the word comes that King Solomon is arriving in the fields and wants to see the girl.  You guessed it – the shepherd boy has returned as a king – and takes his “first love” home with him.

Whatever you think of such interpretations; they open the mind – and the heart – to the possibility of pondering just how deeply God loves us and how human love is (or at least should be) a reflection of divine love.

So I invite you to turn to this love poem of the Bible.  As oriental poetry goes, it’s really pretty tame.

And it provides us with a lovely picture – of true love – human and divine.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the depth of your love.  AMEN.

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