Old Testament: Solomon 1:1-4:16
Solomon 1:1-4:16 The No. 1 Song
I preached Song of Solomon years ago in my country church. I was rebuked by the oldest man in the church afterward. He thought I was too explicit. Hey, it wasn’t my fault. It’s a pretty explicit book. Hebrew children weren’t allowed to read it till they were 30 or married.
Solomon was the author. He wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs (1 Kings. 4:32). He is mentioned in Song of Songs 1:5; 3:7, 9, 11; 8:11-12. Though we have many of Solomon’s proverbs in the book of Proverbs, we only have one of his songs. It must have been the best one, though, since it’s called the Song of Songs!
Song of Solomon is the story of Solomon’s courtship and wedding. It may have been about his very first wife. But who knows? Maybe it was about one of his 140 wives that he wished was his first and this is fiction. After all he had 140 wives at the time of writing (cf. Song of Sol. 6:8, says Wiersbe, but these numbers might just be symbolic of many, see NET note) but later had even more (cf. 1 Kings 11:3).
Though Solomon married many wives for political purposes, God’s standard has always been one man and one wife (Gen. 2:24). The book exhibits the model of one man and one wife.
There has been a controversy for years over the proper interpretation. The question seems to center over whether the book is an explicit account of a marriage relationship or an allegory of the relationship of Christ to the church. I don’t see why it can’t be both.
In a blog like this and with only two days to spend on this book, we can only cover the “skip over the hills” of this great work.
Chapters 1:1-3:5: the courtship . . . Solomon sees the Shulammite girl and has the hots for her . . .
Chapters 3:6-11: the wedding ceremony . . . seemingly indicating that the couple waited for marriage to consummate . . .
Chapters 4:1-16: the wedding is consummated . . . now you know why Jews were not allowed to read the book until they were either thirty or married . . . piqued your interest?
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
2 Corinthians 8:16-24 The Collection Agency
Titus wanted to see the Corinthians to pick up the offering (vv. 16-17). Paul was also sending a famous, no-name person. Is that an oxymoron? In fact, Paul was also sending another no-name person who wasn’t as well known (v. 22). The reason for sending these brothers was so that all the handling of the money could be shown to be above-board and honest (vv. 20 -21). Paul wants these men to get the red-carpet treatment to prove all the good things Paul was saying about them was true.
Psalm 50:1-23 No Bull A Judgment Psalm by The Sons Of Korah
Proverbs 22:22-23 Schmotched
Jesus said that we would always have the poor with us. He didn’t say why or how but He did say how we should treat them (v. 22). Take care of them. In fact, even the apostles were very concerned about the poor. When they first had a council, they seemed to be concerned about the poor as referenced by Paul in Galatians (cf. Gal. 2:10). The early church set aside workers, aka deacons, who took care of the poor (cf. Acts 6:2; James 1:27; 2:2-6). Today some churches have food pantries for the poor though they don’t serve the food, they do dole some out. (You might even find some pastors there having to collect some cans and produce there!)
Since we have an economic system that allows for poor, it befits the church to take care of others. In fact, we are commanded to. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:9-10). Notice the priority of believers first, then unbelievers. I point this out because some deacons and elders failed to notice this. Ministers should be taken care of. They have children for which they have to pay book fees, band fees, and sometimes college tuition! They are not always miracle-workers that can pull coins out of fishes’ mouths (cf. Matt. 17:27).
God does promise to take care of everyone (cf. Matt. 5:45). But the greedy can get schmotched (v. 23). (Schmotched is my word for being annihilated.)
Choose Life: Scripture: Song Of Solomon 2:4 NASB “His Banner Over Me”
“He has brought me to [his] banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.” Song Of Solomon 2:4 NASB
Do you feel like God loves you today? Did you feel His love when you got out of bed this morning? You know, it really doesn’t matter. The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). God can’t betray His own nature so it doesn’t matter how you feel, God is still love and still loves you.
We used to sing a song in church based on this verse, “He brings me into his banqueting table and His banner over me is love.” In Song of Solomon, Solomon represents Christ. Jesus’ banner over us is love.
I always think of the old towns from the 1800’s who had special events and would hang a large banner on the main street to advertise it.
The banner mentioned in Song Of Solomon 2:4 was actually more like the standard flown at camps and carried into battle. In my mind’s eye, I can see one like the one used by Custer’s troops.
However you think of it, it is comforting to know that God loves us so much that he wants to advertise it.
Next time you think God doesn’t like you anymore, think of how His banner over you is love. And it doesn’t matter how you feel!
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
Many people and many Christians are guided by their emotions. This is not a good idea. The Bible says that we should prioritize our thoughts and our minds. Romans 12: 2 says, ” . . . Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” If God wanted us to base our lives on our emotions, He may have sent us a great symphony or great stage play to study and center on. But He sent us Jesus and a book. We are to be guided by The Book, the Bible.
If we study the Bible, we are going to be more prone to lead our lives by our minds. And we should. And if we do, we will always realize that God loves us and that His banner over us is love!
The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength.
For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The No. 1 Song