The Old Testament has “types” of a Bridegroom; the New Testament tells of the coming of the Bridegroom.
If you get this, then you will get Song of Songs. Yes, dear reader, in the fullness of time the Bridegroom comes to rescue God’s people from the chains of this world, setting her free from captivity to sin, death and the ways of men.
But then you already knew that.
So why the confusion about the Song of Songs? Why would some say that it isn’t quite suitable for church, you know, because of all of that nasty sex that isn’t even there? Why the studies saying that it portrays the ideal Christian marriage, when the characters are not, and cannot be married? Why the scholars who argue about whether it is literal or figurative, when the medium itself isn’t literal?
I don’t know for sure… maybe I’m just nuts.
Rather than being confused, we should be marveling at the fact that there were men like Solomon, David, Moses and Abraham who saw part, or maybe even all of what was to come in Christ, more than 200 years before Isaiah would pen Messianic prophecy. Maybe we should sit back in amazement at the way God’s people often yearned to be in His presence, when that presence wasn’t available to them as it would be when Jesus, the Bridegroom came. Yes, dear reader, let us gaze at this story in awe and wonder at what God has done for us, and rise up in unison to sing His praise with thanksgiving in our hearts!
If I didn’t know better, I’d think that we have traditionally allowed the presence of erotic imagery throw us off the path to understanding. Did not Jesus say that the Old Testament Scriptures (the Law and the Prophets) spoke of Him? In these Scriptures that speak of Jesus, in the Bible that is God’s revelation of Himself to Mankind, we must not allow ourselves to be thrown off track by the idea that there might be an erotic image used to illustrate the fervent desire of God’s people to have an intimate relationship with our God, who has created us for just such a relationship.
No, we will not be thrown off track, for we seek His presence above all things, do we not?
All right, that’s about enough ranting for one day. In the next post, let’s take a short look at erotic imagery and how it could relate to our relationship with God: See you there!