The Time Of Singing Has Come…
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle dove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 ESV
Song of Solomon. In my opinion, this is, perhaps, one of the most beautifully written volumes of a tale of love of any book in the Bible. And it is also perhaps one of the most obscure and, according to some experts, difficult of any of the books to really interpret and to understand. And I wonder if perhaps biblical scholars and historians are looking to uncover more meaning within the text than was the intent of the author in the first place. Why not simply appreciate the beauty of the language and words that tell a tale of a blossoming love between the one who loves us more than any mortal can love, and who will forever be in pursuit of us. Yes, the words say “Shulamite” instead of Mandy, and presumably Solomon, instead of God. However, it is a tale of more than a mortal love. It is a tale of a love which is unending and everlasting, and this is what I choose to see as I read the words. Naive and simplistic? Perhaps, but sometimes we can think things to death as we try to apply all sorts of noble and heroic interpretations of what it is we are reading! So I choose to see within these 117 verses, the shortest of any of the books of the Bible, a love story that transcends the ages. I see a love story between God and me….God and you….God and everyone!
” 6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.”
Song of Solomon 8: 6-7 NIV
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