Psalm 119:13

Psalm 119:13

“With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.”

A summary of all of God’s rules was given by Jesus in Matthew 7:12:

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

On this day in the US, when we remember the importance of MLK and his bravery and fearless pursuit of equality, it is good for Christians to consider God’s rules. But, it is not enough to just think about what’s right, we must speak and do what’s right too. Have the words that have come out of your mouth reflected Matthew 7:12? Would you want someone who is of a different ethnicity or culture to speak about you in the way that you’ve spoken negatively about them, specifically because of those differences?

We all have the exact same makeup on the inside, and all of our DNA is very similar. Recognize your need to repent from the hate that exists in your own hearts toward people who look and sound differently than you. You look and sound just as different to them, so with that perspective, love those who are different, and pursue loving and peaceful relationships with them. This includes the way that you speak of them when they aren’t around.

Song of Solomon 5-8

Song of Solomon 5-8…The love of Christ.

Yesterday, we looked at the reality that Song of Solomon is not exclusively about Christ and His church. Today, we’ll consider how this book does point us to Jesus, and that love outside of the context of our relationship with Christ will always be distorted.

First, we need to dispel the myth that emphasizing what a text says about humanity is a man-centered approach. If we rightly understand what the Bible says about mankind and the actions demanded of us, we are being Christ-centered even if Jesus is not mentioned explicitly. Our Lord and Savior said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15), and His commandments are found throughout Scripture because Jesus is divine and the Bible is God’s inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17). When we base our thoughts and actions on God’s holy Word, we are obeying Jesus and are therefore centered on Him.

That being said, there are two other ways the Song of Solomon points us to Jesus. First, it helps us understand the strength of His love for us. The climax of the Song of Solomon, found in today’s section of scripture, tells us that love is like “the very flame of the Lord” in its intensity (Song of Solomon 8:6). Given the strength of the love of a bride for her groom and vice versa, it is no surprise that Scripture compares the relationship of God and His people to marriage (Isa. 62:5; Rev. 19:6–10). If the love between man and woman is as intense as the Lord’s fire, imagine how great the Almighty’s love for His people must be. Though we are undeserving, He is passionate for His own (Zeph. 3:17).

Secondly, the Song of Solomon encourages us to long for Christ. As noted, the Song depicts love and marriage in an idealized form. Yet every married couple knows that no matter how strong their relationship is, it still cannot fulfill their every need, much less always reach the heights depicted by Solomon. Even the best marriages have their bad days. This imperfection makes us long for a love that satisfies us wholly. Such love is found only in Christ (Rom. 8:38–39).