Song of Songs: Introductory thoughts on an often neglected book (@jacksdavie)

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The more observant among you may have noticed my absence over these last six months or so. I still have some healing to do, but lots of prayer from believers pretty much worldwide, and lots of rest and recuperation means I am feeling more like myself again. Hurrah – just in time to write this month’s post. With some trepidation, I looked up the #Bigbible website to see which book #digidisciples were currently studying to find it was Ecclesiastes. I know I should have known the answer, but I had to look up the contents page of the Bible app on my smartphone. With dismay I realised I’d have to write about Song of Songs, also known as Song of Solomon.

 

What to write about? In my daily devotions today, Joni Eareckson Tada was talking about how there is no distinction between spiritual and secular, because even mundane tasks are an act of worship. For worship, read act of devotion and love, as how we live out each day illustrates both these qualities. Reading Song of Songs as having two or three main characters, there clearly are themes of devotion and love, for that is what the two protagonists are doing, worshipping each other with abandon from courtship to mature marriage. Taking this at face value, should our relationship with God should reflect this also? If everything we do is an act of worship to God then should our online presence reflect this? Otherwise as Andy Byers wisely said in a previous post, from 1st October last year, “[w] e do not pick up God and carry him with us wherever we fancy. He is not portable.  He cannot be packed and stored away.” [1] If we do this, surely we are declaring our God and our faith a convenient add on, not our first love. How do we avoid this without alienating people we know from other spheres, including people of all religions or none, or inviting others to start religion based arguments? I admit I had to turn to Google for more clues on interpretation of the main themes, never having really studied Song of Songs before.

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It seems rash to read Song of Songs as a literal interpretation of God, or Jesus’ love for the church, given that Solomon is thought to have written it, perhaps about one of his conquests. There is, however, value in it. I am feeling a little at a loss as to any deeper interpretation, but I am looking forward to reading the thoughts of other #digidisciples. I suspect with time my thoughts would become clearer with more study.

[1] Byers, Andy. ‘God-Users: When we Treat the Divine Lord as a Talisman or Trophy’ 1 October 2013 http://archive.bigbible.uk/2013/10/god-users-when-we-treat-the-divine-lord-as-a-talisman-or-trophy/

About jacksdavie

Am enthusiastic about sharing my faith and have plenty opportunties to do this throughout my my week in person or online. I use three different sets of wheels to get around, most often my electric wheelchair and am also chronically ill. By God's grace I am carving out a ministry in the midst of it all between hospital appointments and naps.