What Is Love?

READ : Song of Solomon 5-8 Having read this passage, which speaks so much about love, it is well to ask ourselves, “What is love?” Love between a husband and wife is physical attraction, it is affection, but it must be much more than this if the marriage is to be a good one. In the Old Testament, we read of “steadfast love.” The emphasis is on faithfulness, on keeping the covenant. God has that kind of love for us; …

True Love

READ : Song of Solomon 1-4 The Song of Solomon is called the Song of Songs or Canticles, and may have been written by Solomon or about Solomon. It describes the love of a bride and groom, and in so doing places God’s approval on the physical aspect of marital love. In trying to find why it should be included in the Bible, the Jews allegorized it to represent the love between God and Israel. Some Christians followed this line …

Fear God

READ : Ecclesiastes 9-12 One disadvantage the writer of Ecclesiastes has as he seeks to understand the meaning of life is that he lived in a day when God had not yet fully revealed what happens after death. God’s revelation throughout the Bible is progressive. The godly in Genesis did not know all there was to know about life and death. God slowly revealed more down through the centuries, and it remained for the coming of Christ to bring “life …

The Better Way

READ : Ecclesiastes 5-8 This passage begins by cautioning against carelessness in worship. Again the “better” formula is used. When you come to God’s house, “to draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools” (5:1). “It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay” (5:6). Next is a section on problems connected with the possession of riches. The author considers these “an evil . . . under the …

Results of Wrong Priorities

READ : Ecclesiastes 1-4 Some think Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon in his old age. It is the work of a man who has had the opportunity to live life to the full and ends up disillusioned. The theme is “all is vanity.” It describes how a life of earthly success which leaves God out of the picture is ultimately meaningless. The author put forth great effort to acquire wisdom but found the search unsatisfying. He tried pleasure, the accumulation …

Learning from Others

READ : Proverbs 29-31 Proverbs 29 is the last chapter of the book written by Solomon. It includes proverbs beginning with if. One describes the uselessness of arguing with a foolish person. Another shows how corruption grows in government. Still another promises that a government concerned for the poor will be stable. Agur is the author of chapter 30. He likes to speak of groups of four. There are four things he doesn’t understand, including how a man courts a …