You may know I’m writing Old Testament lessons for high school freshmen. Recently I got to the sole lesson on the Song of Solomon.
The instructions I had were quite elementary:
Bride and Groom. Applies to marriage and to Christ and His church; we are focusing on Christ and His church. Good for married people. Relate to Eph 5. Use appropriate passages; skip explicit ones. To relate the Song of Solomon to the relationship between Jesus and His bride.
The lesson focus is that last sentence.
In addition to those mandated parameters, I had these of my own:
- Make it practical for ninth graders.
- Avoid eye-rolling stretching to make the passage point to Christ and the church.
Well, I finally settled on using these passages:
- Song of Solomon 2:4 (85)
- Song of Solomon 4:1-7 (176)
- Song of Solomon 5:10-16 (143)
- Song of Solomon 7:10 (107)
- Song of Solomon 8:6,7 (217)
The numbers in parentheses tell you how many words I dedicated to each passage.
I began and ended the lesson with these paragraphs respectively:
Song of Solomon is a difficult, much-debated, little-understood book. Perhaps it describes a real-life romance. Perhaps it’s more a poem or play to instruct and encourage husbands and wives. Perhaps it’s an intricate allegory illustrating God’s relationship with His people. Perhaps it’s some combination of those. This lesson, though, will help you consider several portions of the Song of Solomon from three different angles: pre-marriage guidelines, marital principles, and spiritual truths pertaining to Christ and the church.
Nothing shall be able to separate us from divine love (Romans 8:35-39). As the church is secure in Christ, so the church must secure her love for Christ alone (Matthew 24:12; Revelation 2:4). We should let Him know in thought, word, and deed that we are His alone.
Considering the parameters I had, I was enamored with what I submitted. Well, that’s too strong. Maybe infatuated. No, not that either. Pleased, anyway.
So much for feelings. I received instructions to please rewrite the lesson.
(Oh, you’re wondering about the 907 in the post title? Well, 101 is so predictable, passé, and/or blasé.)
Today I started that process by reading through Song of Solomon. Alas, now I’m less optimistic than when I started. 😯
Do you have any passages to suggest (that fall within the above parameters)?