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INTRODUCTION & SUMMARY OF

ECCLESIASTES & SONG OF SOLOMON ECCLESIASTES OVERVIEW

SONG OF SOLOMON OVERVIEW

This is one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. Christians have tended to ignore the message, or to regard it as the scribbling of a man apart form God. This is unfortunate, for the book asks relevant questions about the meaning of life, and it declares the utter futility of an existence without God. Although it may come across as cynical, the underlying mood is one of joy: finding pleasure in life despite the troubles that often plague it.

This unique book is a moving love story about a young country woman and King Solomon. It celebrates the beauty and intimacy of married love in a narrative poem. It teaches that a lasting marriage requires dedication, commitment, and strong loyalty between husband and wife.

VANITY IN ECCLESIASTES This word appears multiple times in Ecclesiastes. It basically means “vapor” or “breath” such as the rapidly vanishing vapor of one’s warm breath in the cool. With this word Solomon described worldly pursuits - such as wealth, honor, fame, and various other pleasures - as similar to desperately grasping at air (2:17). It is absurd and useless.

KEY VERSE IN ECCLESIASTES “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2

The Song also presents an idealized picture of how human love can be expressed under God’s blessing. This is a very important issue. Some critics have claimed that Christianity's standards for marriage ignore or under value sexual relationships. But the Song refutes this. It reiterates that biblical admonition against sex outside of marriage, but it also affirms that God not only approves of, but also encourages, sexual pleasure within marriage.

GOD IN SONG OF SOLOMON If the Bible is a book about God, then one may ask what a narrative about human sexuality has to do with theology. It is important to remember that the Bible not only describes who God is and what He does, it also tells us what God desires for His people. It provides an example of how God created male and female to live in happiness and fulfillment. This book presents an extraordinary variety of expression of love, perhaps the richest selection in all Hebrew Scripture. This Song is necessary reading not only for the married, but for young people who want to understand God’s design for marriage.

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APPLICATION

What does this story tell us about humanity?

Three basic questions form this section.

What does this story tell us about God? God is revealed in both of these books as the source of all of life’s joys and its greatest expressions of love. They both poetically describe the depth of God’s wisdom for right living, either for the day to day or within the bonds of marriage.

These stories tell us that humans are expressive beings. We were created to describe how we are feeling, what we are experiencing in life, and how to navigate our way through a world which tries to draw us into its destructive values and vices.

How do we apply this to our lives? These books provide us with practical wisdom for the meaning of life and what really matters. The Song of Solomon vividly describes the joys of proper biblical union of male and female.

WHAT IS MY STORY? (THOUGHTS):

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ECCLESIASTES & SONG OF SOLOMON DEEPER SHEET  

KEY VERSE IN ECCLESIASTES VANITY IN ECCLESIASTES This unique book is a moving love story about a young country woman and King Solomon. It ce...