Songs 5 Commentary

Songs 5 Commentary

Of course, the Book of Songs is more of a drama than a song. Or simply an acted song. The groom is out and long, probably deep into the night. The bride is home and asleep but not exactly asleep. Her man’s absence is too troubling to sleep soundly. She is missing him

He eventually shows up but her delayed reaction makes him vanish again. She goes after him, being abused and bruised in the process. This is interesting.

The bride is everything to the groom. See how he describes her in chapter 4. He is hopelessly in love with her. He cannot wait to have her. Yet, as the drama unfolds, the night guards abuse her. She is not exactly as valuable to them.

A woman is abused in loveless hands. Her lover shouldn’t be too absent. In the process of finding love, a woman may land herself in the wrong hands. Not every man in a pair of trousers can be a lover. The Creator God designed a woman for a select man. One glance and the man’s heart drops. Others may simply abuse her.

Watchmen should be protecting the city. Is there any safer pair of hands? A woman is mistaken when she feels a man with a fat bank account can be her protector. He can take care of a conglomerate but not a woman. She doesn’t belong to him. A man is smitten by one woman only. It is a design spec!

Of course, the bride’s friends have no idea. What makes this man so special to the bride that she scales dangerous terrain for him? Well, while others see black hair on an irregularly shaped head, she sees gold. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh. His arms are rods of gold set with topaz. His body is like polished ivory decorated with lapis lazuli. He is all value; he is altogether lovely.

It is a blessing to have eyes that sees all of this in an ordinary man. Of course ordinary to other eyes.

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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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