Focus Scripture: Song of Songs 2:10
The Song of Songs (sometimes called the Song of Solomon) is a love poem, a dialogue between a bride and a groom. It may seem odd to have in the Bible a love poem that pretty clearly talks of human love been spouses. But Jesus is often described as the Bridegroom, and the church as his bride. Additionally, throughout the centuries, many people see in the Song of Songs a description of the beauty of divine love, which is the source and model for all love.
"As Phyllis Trible and Ellen Davis have both argued, the Song is a reversal of the curses of Eden. The relationship between man and woman is restored. In place of Eve’s punishment in Genesis 3:16 (“your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you”), the woman in the Song declares, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.”1 In fact, the woman’s is the dominant voice in the Song. She is in a full, robust, and mutual relationship with her beloved.
"The rupture between humanity and the earth is also restored. Here, in the garden of the Song, there are no thorns and thistles (see Genesis 3:17-19). Indeed, the earth itself rejoices with the lovers.
"Finally, the rupture between humanity and God is restored, if one understands the Song allegorically, as interpreters have done for 2000 years. One of the dominant biblical metaphors for the relationship between God and Israel (and later, Christ and the Church) is that of marriage." (The preceding three paragraphs are from a commentary by Katherine M. Schifferdecker. The complete commentary can be found here.)
With that wisdom in mind, look at the focus scripture for today:
"Arise my love, my fair one, and come away."
God sings to us to come with God, to leave behind the mundane and the everyday and focus on Godly things. Imagine this: think of an everyday problem, a mundane problem or something that takes more of your attention or time than you would like.
Now hear God calling you away from that situation, "Arise my love, my fair one, and come away."
How can you move away from the mundane and toward God? How would your life be different?