Old Testament: Solomon 5:1-8:14
Solomon 5:1-8:14 Get A Room
Solomon must’ve learned something by having 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 4:32). He must’ve learned that 2 Cor. 6:14-15 was true, not to be bound together with unbelievers. He extols monogamy in Song of Solomon. He also encourages premarital chastity based on verses like Song of Sol. 4:12, 8:9. Perhaps Solomon writes this book from the vantage of one who has made mistakes.
Although Song of Solomon can be considered quite explicit in its depiction of marital love, it strikes one as pure unlike the secular depictions of sex in contemporary media.
Here is the breakdown of the rest of Song of Solomon:
Chapters 5:1 . . . continuation of the wedding night description
Chapters 5:2-6:13: post-marital friction, the real marriage begins . . . she shuts Solomon out but then realizes what an idiot she’s been . . . they reconcile around v. 3
Chapters 7:1-8:7: more praise of each other, this couple really likes each other!
Chapters 8:8-8:14 this is the story of the Shulammite (from Lebanon actually) when she was younger . . . her brothers were going to protect her, if she was a “wall” (v. 9) they won’t worry about her, if she was a “door” in other words a “loosey goosey,” they’d keep a watch on her. She turned out to be a “wall” (v. 10). Where are the brothers in this day and age?
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Happy Reapers
The centerpiece of this section is verses 6-7. If anyone gives away a lot, it will be returned to him. Someone has said that if you sow, you will reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. This may not be true. It may be true. More than likely a person will reap more than they sow in the sense that it may be spiritual blessings, even if material things are sowed. Judging from the life of Paul, he gave materially but we don’t see him driving around in a new luxurious chariot, do we? But we can have no doubt that he reaped bountifully and is reaping bountifully now in Heaven.
If we are not careful, we can fall into the error expressed recently by the wife of one of the most famous televangelists. She said whatever we do we should do for ourselves not for God! She said God would want it that way! Wow! But isn’t that how most Christians act? When they’re serving God, aren’t many of them really just serving themselves, thinking they’ll get something from God for being good?
Verse 7 says that we should not give from “compulsion” or “grudgingly.” This pretty much rules out “tithing,” doesn’t it? (See commentaries The Meaning Of Life and What’s In Your Wallet?.) God wants us to give out of love. Our relationship should be built on the foundation of agape love.
The promise in verses 8-11 is that if we give with the right attitude, God will make sure we have all that we need. Further, God will supply not only for all believers but the result will be praise to God (vv. 12 -14). Paul ends in praise to God for Christ who is responsible for all the generosity moving amongst the churches.