Sunday, July 09, 2006

Song of Songs Chapters 6&7

Each of the chapters have a verse that gets across the whole pulse of the chapter.

Whither has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Whither has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

Seek the Lord. Love is a sign. It is a way. A happy marriage lets others understand and seek love. The love Christ has for us leads others into the love of Christ. The women, who throughout the poem have been a voice that ridicules the woman now aid her and rejoice when she finds her beloved.

I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the fields, and lodge in the villages; let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.

This Chapter is one of the ones often pointed to as overtly sexual. But again, They are each otehrs. There is no sexual license or immorality. There is attraction. The recognition of beauty and dedication to each other. All of this follows the fact that the song says not to "awaken love before it's time." and that the lover is a "garden sealed". There is no action outside of the sacramental bond.

As I have gone chapter by chapter. At first verse by verse and then in more general terms it is amazing how the same themes are brought up over and over. The redemption of the Body. Love as total self donation. All of this moves toward the next and last chapter.

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