Summary: Following God to the point to where we might look foolish to others.
Being a Fool for God
Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (New International Version)
8 Listen! My lover!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
2 Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me."
This is the world of God for the people of God and the entire world. Thanks be to God hallelujah, amen.
Let us pray.
I’m going to make a confession. When I first read this passage of scripture, I used it in a love letter that I wrote to my high school sweet heart. I thought that this was a passage of scripture that talked about the love between a man and a woman. I thought that it would make me seem mature and sophisticated.
I bet you’re wondering, how I would know to look in the Bible to find something to write in a love letter. Well, when I was eight years old, I always made it a habit to read the Bible everyday. I didn’t just read a verse or two. I was reading chapters. And on Sundays I would go through an entire Book. So by the time I was 13, I read the Bible from front to cover several times. That’s a great feat for a child. But I wasn’t reading the Bible for understanding. I was reading the Bible for entertainment purposes.
I had a yearning to read everything that I could get my hands on because I love to read. When my mother wouldn’t buy books for me at the grocery stores or Wal-Mart, then I was forced to either re-read my old books or read the Bible.
Because I read my Bible so much, I would get frustrated every Sunday when I went to Sunday school. I would ask my parents why I need to go to Sunday school. They told me that’s where I learn about God. And I would tell them that I think I know more about God than the teacher because the stuff we learn in Sunday school is stuff everybody should know already. I want to talk about the stuff that we never read about in Sunday. (Give some examples of this).
All this stuff that I read made me build up walls when it came to God. I didn’t come to church to worship God out of love but fear of being wiped out like he did the Ammonites or the Canaanites. I didn’t long to have a more personal relationship with God until I was called into ministry.
But God is waiting
When I was doing my research for my sermon this week, I realized that the Songs of Solomon are romantic but it is symbolism. Symbolism can be defined as the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
In this passage of text, God is comparing the love that he has for the church to the love that a man has for a woman. I hate to say it, but if God loves us with that sort of passion, then what would seem so out of the ordinary for him to try to woo us into wanting to be in a more intimate relationship with him.