DECIPHERING A LOVE STORY

bibleI just spent much of the evening reading through a series of posts at The Life Project: Finding Clear and Simple Faith. I spent the time reading a series of posts about the Song of Songs. Here Don Merritt helps us to take a closer look at what on the surface looks to be an erotic love story full of passion and sex. What do we find? According to , we find a story about humanity’s relationship to God. Is he right? I certainly think he makes a good case.

The Song of Songs is only eight chapters long. We can read it easily in a single sitting. However, I have learned the wisdom of studying the Bible with a good guide. When we study without one, we don’t realize just how much we are missing. We may even get so confused we come away with a foolish interpretation. Therefore, I look for help, and when I saw  was writing this series, I made a point to set aside some time to read it.  did an excellent job. I am pleased to recommend this series to my readers.

Here are ‘s posts. Make certain you take the time to glance at the comments too. Some are very interesting — and no — I am not talking about mine.

Note that Bible exposition is not especially easily. Therefore, even though  focuses on and carefully explains his preferred explanation of the Song of Songs, he does not hide the fact there are other interpretations.

Does the fact there are multiple interpretations mean the Bible is just too hard to understand or that  is just plain wrong? No. It just means:

  • Even though the best things in life are free, there is some good stuff God makes us work for.
  • What we find in the Bible may sometimes depends upon what we need from it.

Whenever we read anything or interpret another person’s words, how we understand what we read or hear depends at least partly upon us. Our situation, our education, our wants and needs, and other factors influence how we understand what another is trying to say to us. That is true of what God is telling us through the Bible too, and that is why it pays to read the Bible regularly. Because we each change, our understanding of the Bible changes. That includes something that should be obvious. If we study the Bible regularly, our understanding of the Bible will improve.

15 thoughts on “DECIPHERING A LOVE STORY

    1. No matter how hard we try, we never express ourselves perfectly. Yet some how the Bible does.

      The Bible is as you said. I too find the Bible “new and alive fully pertinent to what I am walking through in the moment.”

      Thank you for your comment.

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  1. For the unbeliever, the Bible is “just another book.” (As I once believed during my secularist years.) For the believer, the Bible is the book. (This division is explained in Matt. 13:15, 18-23; 1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 3:14, 2 Thes. 2:10.) The Holy Scriptures are God’s infallible, inerrant, authoritative, and effective Word, and the only rule of faith and practice (Num. 23:19; Ps. 19:7; Prov. 30:5; Isa. 55:10-11, 65:16; Jer. 10:10; John 3:33, 17:3; Rom. 15:4; 1 Thes. 1:5; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 John 5:20). Praise God! When I was a secularist, I never read the Word of God and it collected dust, but I certainly gobbled up the Word of Man! Now as a reborn Christian, I cannot stop reading the Word of God. What is funny, the Word of Man now collects dust on my library shelves. As someone noted above, since the Word of God is full, sufficient, living, and active (Luke 16:29, 31; Heb. 4:12), I am always learning something new from and growing in His Word — continual maturing and progressive sanctification.

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    1. If a Christian does not have a compelling desire to read the word of God, he needs to wonder why. There may be other signs that we are saved that are more important, but desire to be in the Word of God certainly is reassuring.

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  2. I like your note on the best things in life are free, but some things God wants us to work for…like stimulating our intelligence to search for truth but all types of reading and exploring. It is a good kind of work I say.

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