4. The Song of Solomon
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This book of the Bible doesn’t get mentioned a lot, but it’s a truly beautiful love story between a man and his bride as well as a metaphor of Christ’s love for his Bride, the Church.
The book is unique among the other books of the Bible in that it doesn’t focus on laws or commands and doesn’t provide prescriptive guidance for living a Godly life. Instead, it focuses on the beautiful and loving relationship between the main characters which mirror the depth of love and commitment Christ has for his Bride--all those who believe in him.
The man’s call to his bride echoes God’s continual call to us to draw near to him:
“My lover said to me, ‘Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!’” (Song of Solomon 2:10-13).
Through these stories in Scripture, God reminds us of his relentless pursuit of us. His marriage covenant is not based on how well we uphold our end of the promise.
Though we, like those in these examples, may fail, he remains faithful. He sent his only Son, Jesus, as the ultimate commitment of how seriously he desires a true relational covenant with his people.
Like Hosea with Gomer, he is not only willing to receive us back into his love and protection after we go our own way--he left his throne to pursue us himself so that we can experience the blessings of union with him.
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