Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Love is Better Than Wine {Song of Songs 4:10}

King Solomon and the Shulamite

King Solomon was intoxicated with the love of his bride (Song 4:10). The Song of Songs describes in vivid imagery the sights, sounds, and sensations of romantic love. This poem is one of several major treatments of love in Scripture. Other passages from which we can learn a great deal are:-

1.     Moses’ call to the Israelites to learn and practice the love of God toward all (Deut. 10:12-11:22, 30:6-20).

2.     Psalm 45, a “Song of Love” that praises the marriage relationship.

3.     The Book of Hosea, in which God calls the Prophet Hosea, in which God calls the Prophet Hosea to seek out, rescue, and lovingly restore his adulterous wife.

4.     Jesus’ teachings on Love, including loving our enemies (Matt.5:43-46), loving the Lord (Mark 12:30-38), and the love of God the Father and the practice of that love among believers (John 12:34-15:19).

5.     Paul’s teaching on Love between neighbors (Rom. 13:8-10), love among fellow church members who are experiencing competition and conflict (1 Cor.13:1-7), and love among spouses, families, and other believers (Eph. 5:25-6:24).

6.     John’s teaching concerning love among believers and how that love should operate in a hostile world (1 John 3:1-5:3).

The Bible invites us to discover what Love really is. Solomon’s romantic song tells just a part of this story.


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