Songs 4 Commentary

Songs 4 Commentary

A man of few words? Not in this chapter. Not in this drama. Perhaps in some reality show but not in a real love world. Men talk when stricken by love. Their words aren’t few at all.

He describes his bride’s anatomy in glowing terms. Her smile is generous; her lips are jewel red; her mouth is elegant and inviting; her cheeks are soft and radiant. The sweet and fragrant curves of her body – the man is hopelessly in love. And then he invites the bride to himself.

The lesson is simple. Let love – this intense love draw a woman to the man. Not money, fame, or power. Interestingly, the man here is drawn to a woman’s natural endowments. Nothing artificially made up. These are special gifts the LORD gives to the woman.

She has captured his heart – not by trick-and-hook. Plain and natural. Here the man describes his bride as a friend or a sister. Many have described it as a core value in a marriage.

Her beauty did the talking. It was an effective trap. Her response to the man’s request is simply yes. The man can enter his garden and enjoy the fruit. So concludes chapter 4.

But who wouldn’t help but think about the bride and the groom of the New Testament! The saint is the bride, washed clean and dressed in white for her groom – the LORD Jesus Christ. The scripture is all love openly unpacked. Let the saint simply say yes. The invitation remains.

Of course, the bride of chapter 2 is flawless. No woman matches her perfect physiological anatomy. Humanity knows our flawed condition is always an issue in the eyes of the LORD God. And that is where the cross comes in. The LORD Jesus Christ came to make the impossible possible.

One of the many thoughts in this chapter is that a man hopelessly in love with the LORD cannot keep quiet about it. You cannot be drowned in God’s love and keep quiet at the same time. It becomes a moment of praise.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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