The 30th Day – Love Poem
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
—– Song of Songs 8:7 (NIV)
Song of Songs is a very special book in Bible with only 117 verses in length, it is a wedding song honouring marriage. It is presented in poetic form as a ‘song’ about the wonder of sexual love. There are at least two individual speakers, a man and a woman, and a group called ‘friends’. there are conversations between them, but also thoughts of each lover about the other. Many see the Song as a symbol of God’s love for his people.
Saturated with stories of sexual escapades, secret rendezvous, and extramarital affairs, today’s media teach that immorality means freedom, perversion is natural, ad commitment is old-fashioned. Sex, created by God and pronounced good in Eden, has been twisted, exploited, and turned into an urgent, illicit, casual, and self-gratifying activity. love has turned into lust, giving into getting, and lasting commitment into “no strings attached.” In reality, sexual intercourse, the physical and emotional union of male and female, should be a HOLY MEANS OF CELEBRATING LOVE, producing children, and experiencing pleasure, protected by the commitment of MARRIAGE.
Here in today’s verse: Song of Songs 8:7, a bride spoke to her husband that the true love can never be washed away by waters, nor any material wealth can compare with it. It shows that LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEALTH; it cannot be killed by time or disaster. LOVE IS PRICELESS; LOVE MUST NOT BE ACCEPTED AS A GIFT FROM GOD AND SHARED WITHIN THE GUIDELINES GOD PROVIDES. ACCEPT THE LOVE OF YOUR SPOUSE AS GOD’S GIFT, AND STRIVE TO MAKE YOUR LOVE A REFLECTION OF GOD’S PERFECT LOVE!
In addition, people also believe that ‘Song of Songs’ should be read as an allegory of Jesus Christ’s relationship with his bride – the church. In the book of Matthew 9:15, Jesus said,
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
So what does it mean that the church is the bride of Christ? Here is a good explanation that I have got from my research:
“The imagery and symbolism of marriage is applied to Christ and the body of believers known as the church. These are those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal savior and have received eternal life. In the New Testament, Christ, the Bridegroom, has sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). Just as there was a betrothal period in biblical times during which the bride and groom were separated until the wedding, so is the bride of Christ separate from her Bridegroom during the church age. Her responsibility during the betrothal period is to be faithful to Him (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:24). At the Second Coming of Christ, the church will be united with the Bridegroom, the official “wedding ceremony” will take place and, with it, the eternal union of Christ and His bride will be actualized (Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2).