Song of Songs or Song of Solomon is to me an allegory of the relationship between God, the King-lover and the Church, his bride. The next one or more blog posts will be dedicated to a study of this book as well as to consider how that relationship is meant to be – better worship through love.
Kiss me—full on the mouth!
Yes! For your love is better than wine,
headier than your aromatic oils.
The syllables of your name murmur like a meadow brook.
No wonder everyone loves to say your name!
Take me away with you! Let’s run off together!
An elopement with my King-Lover!
We’ll celebrate, we’ll sing,
we’ll make great music.
Yes! For your love is better than vintage wine.
Song of Songs 1:2-4. The Message
Look how the bride talks about her lover! His love is greater than wine. She even loves the sound of his name. She wants to run away with him. The thought of relationship brings so much joy. “Kiss me – full on the mouth!” What passion!
It is most of what we expect from fiancés – giddiness, admiration, joy. I don’t know how many times I have seen young girls write their first name alongside their lovers last name or a young man’s eyes light up when he sees his bride appear at the far end of the aisle at their wedding.
But this is an allegory depicting Christ and the Church. An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. The book shares a story or dialogue between the bride-to-be and her king-lover symbolizing Christ’s love for those who love him. The passage shows how much the Church, the bride, the believer loves the Lord.
When you think of dedicated Christians is this the first picture that comes to mind: passionate for Christ, love to speak His name and be associated with him and cannot wait to spend time with Him? Even though there are many Christ-followers with this kind of love for Christ, it is not the image most unbelievers have of Christians.
If all Christians had this kind of passion for Christ, would it draw more people to Christ? I think it would. I believe it would also change the worldly persona of Christianity. Is the word “Christian” synonymous with passion, joy and celebration? It would if we had this kind of love for Christ and I think it would carry over into a real zest for life, for our work, for our families, friends and acquaintances. It would make Christianity more attractive. What’s more beautiful than an ardent bride?
How are Christians depicted by worldly media? A Christian is often depicted as dull, critical, clueless and foolish. Often, the dedicated Christian is portrayed as not only naïve, but hypocritical and closed-minded.
A Better Testimony
I don’t think Christianity can blame Satan or his forces for this portrayal. I think the loudest Christians in the past have been busy trying to save the world of sin by criticizing the sinful ones rather than glorifying the Sinless One. I know in my past I am guilty and often tempted by that learned behavior currently. That gives the false and negative impression that the believer is somehow better or more privileged than any other sinner.
This bride in Song of Songs glorifies the Groom. It is apparent that she loves her lover, exalts her lover and desires the lover. What was it that draws people to Christ? What is it that motivates worship? I have observed that passion for Christ brings more devotion for Christ than the fear of God does. Song of Songs shows us what the love between Christ and His Church is.
For now, I would like for those of us who claim to love Christ to think about and recall what drew us to Him. I believe that is the key. Like an old married couple struggling with so many other things, it is easy to lose that passion. Stoke the fire of passion. Remember what drew you to Him. It can enrich your life and other relationships. It can also be a catalyst for drawing others to you so you can point them to Him.
I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.