I’ve been reading and studying God’s Word of late in the Old Testament. Specifically, the Song of Solomon. This book of the bible is one that is often overlooked, ignored, and put aside. Why? Well there seems to be some misunderstandings in the content.
Some have thought it to be a collection of songs, but it is more generally understood to be a sort of drama, the positive interpretation of which is impossible because the identity of the speakers and the length of the speeches are not disclosed.
Although there are three main theories (allegorical, literal, and the typical), what can’t be missed in the different interpretations, is the story that takes place is about True Love in relationship–between God and Israel, Jesus’ relationship with the Church, and the experience of Solomon and a Shulamite maiden–God’s teaching on marriage and sexual relationships.
Most of us over the years have experienced HUMAN LOVE. Some remember their first romance with the opposite sex: overcoming shyness, overcoming rejection, dating, the first kiss. We even remarked, “This is it! This feeling will last forever!”–later to find out that it was but an infatuation and not TRUE LOVE!
One of my favorite allegorical books ever, is a book written by Mr. Don Nori: Romancing the Divine – A Story About True Love. As an introduction to his story, he gives us a vivid pictorial of TRUE LOVE and I wanted to share it with you as a Devotional.
How noble true love is! How invincible! How pure! How innocent!
Love simply comes, often undetected even by the one overtaken by
its mysterious powers.
True love. The lonely covet its reality. The arrogant flaunt
its presence. The ignorant snub its wonder.
It is illogical as anything can be. It is hopeless to describe it
and folly to shun it.
The greatest philosophers have sought to define it.
Religion has tried to buy it. Many have tried to elude it.
Love is as hopeless to understand as it is impossible
to deny. Yet reason and logic are helpless against
love, for it is a most formidable foe of the mundane and
the average. True love, you see, dares to go places
where reason cannot tread. Love sees realities about which
philosophy can only hope to dimly speculate.
True love knows what tradition can only distantly remember.
True love draws the least lovable. It can make anyone
True love is the sustaining power of the universe
itself, yet is so lovely that it abides fully in the hearts of
those foolish enough to respond to its rapturous invitation to come.