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The sunday school lesson was really interesting, it was about reading Songs of Songs as a poetry. The thing I found most interesting is that marriage is should be holy and sacred and passionate and excited.
Dave Pat’s lesson on “What is Love? Song of Songs”
- Hermeneutics the interpretation of the text
- Contect can help you figure out the text you’re interpreting such as the time period would tell you how the people of that time think or how God interact with the people
- Related literature - to understand that period of time, it would be helpful to look at different examples to compare and contrast.
- Understanding the AAP (authorship, audience, and purpose) helps us interpret the text in a more accurate light, remember that we’re interpreting Songs of Songs as a poetry. (it’s like AP Lit. all over again)
- So throughout the bible it refers to spiritual love, the love between our Father and us, but in this particular book, it refers to the love between humans. Questions may be raised about why would there be a chapter that refers to human love in the holy bible. But love and wisdom draws us to understanding more about God and His love.
- In Chap 1 verse 1-4 the “Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.” The “him” refers to a single man referring to a single man to a single woman. This is very huge deal because for the original audience, they live in a world where they practice polygamy. Also, every word is chosen for a particular reason. The connotations connected to wine can include gladness, matured, euphoria.
- ch2 v.7 & ch3 v.5 & ch8 v.4 “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires” these lines are repeated to emphasis an important point. WAIT FOR LOVE! Ladies guard your heart, be careful with love.
- ch8( the ending part) “You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!”- This places us at a wedding. When a woman have friends at her wedding, it shows that she is a well-respected woman, caring, and had deep friendships. In our culture, rarely does a women’s voice want to be heard. But having the groom saying to the bride, i really want to hear your voice is something very deep.
- ch8 v.14 “Come away, my lover, be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains”- a gazelle symbolizes grace, fast, and prance ( suggestions from class) but to Dave’s interpretation, it resembles youthful love, energy, excited…etc. So love should be exciting :)
“If life is art, what and why is God painting here?” -Dave Pat
Application points (marriage):
- EXCITEMENT IN LOVE - passion and energy and love in marriage. Dave once saw a couple eating breakfast together at a restaurant. The man was reading the newspaper out in front of him, spread out covering the woman sitting in front of him and the lady was looking down reading a book.This is sad. Marriage and love should NOT be a routine. Be excited and happy and passionate!
- SERIOUSNESS AND CHASITY-interpretation of love in general. Treat it with a level of respect.
- HOLINESS - The nature of that shows who God is. If you are single for life, it just shows that you revere marriage. SERIOUSNESS ABOUT IT! It should be a phrase you’re going through, like I want to graduate college, I want to get married, I want a car. It should kinda be a priority.
Pretty interesting topic, although it might still be a little early for me to apply it :)
- 1: Are you a virgin?
- 2: What do you want to major in?
- 3: What's your sexual orientation?
- 4: Are you crushing on anyone? If so, who?
- 5: What's the cutest thing someone's ever done for you?
- 6: What are the top five places you wish you could go before you die?
- 7: What was the scariest moment of your life?
- 8: If you could take something back that you said or did, what would it be?
- 9: Do you think that the person who sent you this number was cute?
- 10: If you had to name three important details about you, what would you say?
- 11: Are you allergic to anything? If so, what?
- 12: Have you ever been in love? If so, are you still in love?
- 13: Do you like sports? If so, which ones?
- 14: What are four things you can't live without and why?
- 15: Do you have a facebook? If so, would you add the person who sent you this number?
- 16: What do you like to do in your spare time?
- 17: What are your biggest fears?
- 18: What are two of your biggest weaknesses?
- 19: What are your three biggest insecurities?
- 20: If you could write anonymous letters to three people, who would you send it to and what would you say?