THE SONG OF SOLOMON AND ISAIAH
I just finished my twenty chapters this morning, and I've got to catch an airplane later this morning, so I just have a few comments today. The Song of Solomon is an interesting book often overlooked. The first verse tells us that this book is THE SONG of songs, which is Solomon's. The Bible tells us in: 1 Kings 4:32 "And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five." So, he wrote a thousand and five songs, but this one is THE SONG of Songs. So we know that he regarded it as his very best song. This is the one that the Holy Spirit caused to be in the Holy Scriptures. Now, that ought to at least give us a new appreciation for the book. What made it so special to Solomon. Well, it's a love story between Solomon and one of his wives. We know Solomon had many wifes (300) and many other women (700 concubines), and yet to this one we have a love song that goes from Solomon speaking to his love speaking, and back and forth. Some have said that it is a likeness between Christ and the Church. There are many underlining thoughts that weave throughout the book that I don't have time to develope, but look at the vineyard. In verse 6 of chapter 1, "mine own vineyard have I not kept". 2:15- "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines"; 4:12- "A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse;"; 5:1-"I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse:" **The thought is that he likens his relationship to a garden, or vineyard. The garden must be well tended or else it will be overgrown, and the same is true with our earthly relationships (marriage). It must be carefully weeded, fertilized, cultivated, planted, and harvested; or, it will be over grown, or under developed, and neglected. This the likeness to our relationships.
Isaiah is full of truths, here is just one in the first twelve chapters. Isaiah 6, in the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the vision of the LORD, high and lifted up. This was the inspiration to take him through all of the tough times he would have as a Prophet of Israel. We too must see the LORD each day in our devotional life and then we will have the strength to face whatever life holds for us. Well, that's all I have time for today. May God richly bless and tomorrow will probably be posted on Saturday with Saturday's reading as well. May God bless!! Dr. Mike Mutchler, Pastor
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