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Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places?

9 May, 2011

Have you been looking for love? Have you found it yet?

What is love? From a ‘natural’ viewpoint it’s a ‘physical’ relationship to most people, but is that all there is? The Bible mentions physical/sexual relationships in Song of Solomon (see below) and other books.

“Yeah just saw this today, and I’m amazed at the prophetic significance too!” treburn said. “Read this…” He turned and ‘keyed in’ an address on the now bloated internet v.7…(it’s the future already, gimme a break – ed) 😉

In our Bible readings, most of us have read the Song of Solomon, God’s greatest love story.

It is a beautiful instructional book on love and marriage, sex and the beauty of it as God intended it to be.  But, also, it was considered too risqué for anyone under age 30 to read by the ancient Jewish nation…

It is full of descriptions of what true love is all about and it is specific in its details.
It is also a less read and even lesser preached on book.

But, there is a way to look at the message in the Song of Songs, as it can be called, that is different from the usual way in which it is seen.


The characters in the play as listed on a Play Sheet may be as follows:

The Shulamite Gentile Girl……………………The Bride to be
The Shepherd Lover……………………………The Bridegroom to be
Solomon the King………………………………The Tempter
The Palace of Solomon…………………………The World System
The Daughters of Jerusalem…………………..Israel, old and new
The Little Sister………………………………..Modern Regathered Israel

The play opens with the abduction of a Gentile girl, a Shulamite of great beauty.

She is spirited away to the palace of Solomon, the King.  He has seen her beauty and he cannot resist her. He plans to make her his own.  But the problem is, that she has no such plans.  He knows this, but he has all the world’s treasures in his palace to heap upon her and tempt her with.  This, he believes, will turn her head as he takes a poor, but beautiful gentile girl and heaps all his treasures upon her.

The problem is that she is in love.  There is a shepherd out there somewhere far away that has captured her heart.  He is “absent” in person, but she can fly to him at will on what she describes as “the wings of faith”.

Now enter the drama of it all.  The more Solomon pressures her, the closer she gets to her absent Shepherd Lover, whom she must visit by faith because of His longtime absence.  Not only so, but she does not know when he will show up again.  Her love, however, is with reservation.

At this point, the characters in the play may be re-listed as follows:

The Shulamite Gentile Girl………………….The True Church of Jesus Christ
The Shepherd Lover…………………………Jesus Christ the Righteous
Solomon the King……………………………The Usurper
The Palace of Solomon………………………The World
The Daughters of Jerusalem…………………Israel
TheLittle Sister……………………………….Israel As in 1948 Regathered


Wow! Never had thought of this book this way, but I like the study! Thanks for the post Gerry! It’s great to experience the LIVING WORD of God!

“But I think it’s more than that. Look at the string of our past relationships…” People started to look at each other nervously. Laija, treburn’s better half, looked at treburn and narrowed her eyes, as if to say,’what do you mean ‘our’ and ‘string’? Uncomfortable about the mounting tension posed by Laija and other’s nervousness, treburn continued, “uh…no more proof needed here, moving along…next point…

“So what, about love?” you may ask. “I have experienced all, bad relationships too. I’ll just find someone else,” or, “I don’t need anymore physical relationships, just me and my friends. We’ll make it through life together.”

What about friendships? Perhaps a/some best friend(s) you pretty much do everything together…is that love?

“Uh…that’s not quite what I meant…” says treburn.“What I meant was, what love REALLY is; found here in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13:”, he opened the ancient codex of sacred writings and started to read,

1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; 6rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 10but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. 13But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

“I cannot tell you how many times this verse pops into my head as I find myself behind a driver who thinks their text message is more important than driving, or when I meet opposition at work…” treburn said. “Reading this over and over has also really helped in our marriage of almost 20 years!” A dreamy gaze settled over treburn’s face as if he was thinking of older times and places. Looking at Laija…his voice trailed off…

Winking back at him, Laija cointinued…“Always having someone you can run to or with…I think that it’s more than that too.”

The Bible has A LOT to say about what love really is. In fact, that’s what the Word of God is ALL about. Love.

I’m sure most everyone has heard this (John 3: 16), but here it is, for ya’ll, in black and white…and red, read in context:

John 3

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e]14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f]15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

“Compare/contrast this teaching alone with all the teachings of Islam; even all other religions, and well…you’ll see if ya do…” treburn said. “But, here’s something that I hope will help ya’ll meditate on today…been thinkin’ on this a few days now..” He opened the ancient codex again, flipped carefully through some pages and began to read aloud:

Phillipians 4

4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do (emphasis mine-treburn): and the God of peace shall be with you.

“Verse 8 IS love – per 1 Cor. 13, but, when we are well doing, let’s not become ‘weary,” he finished.

Laija began where he left off, “…or too busy to take a break. We don’t want to miss why we are ‘doing’. Ever notice how sometimes people get irritable, cranky, ‘sandpaper-esqe’, after they have been working hard physically and long hours, their blood sugar low, etc. etc.? Ring any bells hon?”

“I’m guilty!” treburn exclaimed. “Sorry hon.” She smiled and said, “Aww that’s okay, I love you!”

That’s how our spiritual condition works too, when we’re the ‘do-good-ers’ without the proper motivation – love…

Laija excitedly interrupted, apologized, and then continued “So in the spirit of the aforementioned ‘play’ of our lives, and the verses above…ACTION is required! Perhaps if the bride makes herself ready sooner…”

then the groom will get her sooner?” treburn finished her sentence. She smiled.

“Maybe, just maybe…” treburn said scratching his beard He leaned back in his chair, looked up at the ceiling and thought long and hard about that ‘little gem’ of a revelation…then said,

“CHeers!”, turned back to his computer and continued to work…shooting over his shoulder in his best southern accent, “Ya’ll come back now, hear?” and made Laija laugh, something he was quite fond of doing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dboll permalink
    4 June, 2011 05:29

    I love , bookmarked for future reference


  2. Alita Elsaesser permalink
    20 May, 2011 18:41

    “You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have’.” – Zig Ziglar


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