Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is better than wine.~Song of Solomon 1:2 NKJV
A kiss…what’s in a kiss? Divine love is in a kiss if it’s from your Bridegroom Jesus Christ.
Let’s be honest–most of us have the same bewildering feelings as I have when we read the opening lines of Song of Solomon. When I got to the words, “let him kiss me” and I closed the book, and said, “Later, God.” I could not fathom receiving a kiss from my Savior, even though I could clearly see He was the Bridegroom of Scene One in this biblical vignette.
My quandary–if this was a sexual kiss I did not want to receive it. Let me assure you it is not. Everything within Song of Solomon is intended to be taken as an allegorical representation of the spiritual realm between the Bride of Christ and the Bridegroom Jesus Christ, whose stage names are Love and Beloved Solomon.
Song of Solomon is an often misunderstood book and rarely read because we don’t know how to interpret its passionate phrases and subject matter. If we do read it, we pass off the phrases as being useful for marriages, but nothing else. Or, we try to ignore it. That’s what I did. But, I was doing a cover-to-cover Bible read-through, and Song of Solomon was smack-dab in the middle. This slender vignette kept wooing me to look deeper, and when I realized it was an allegory, I was drawn to discover its message. When I discovered the divine love of my Bridegroom Jesus Christ, I was enthralled.
Perhaps Song of Solomon is centrally located so we cannot ignore it, like I couldn’t. Why? The message of divine love is something God wants to make sure we receive. He loved us so much He sent His Son to the cross to die for us, and Christ’s love is beyond what words can describe, but this allegory does it perfectly. The poetic vernacular represents spiritual truths that cannot be expressed with ordinary language. They can only be approximated by allegorical writings.
Prepare to learn how deep, wide, and vast Christ’s love for you truly is.~Diane Virginia, Author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
Friend, Song of Solomon is a book for you. You are the Bride and Jesus Christ is your Bridegroom. Each month throughout this year, I will unravel mysteries in this vignette that are meant for you. Step into the vignette as if you are an actor on the stage. Prepare to learn how deep, wide, and vast Christ’s love for you truly is.
Oh, there’s so much to share, but I want to leave you with one blessed truth. Your Bridegroom loves you so much that He calls you “Love,” which in essence means “wife” or bride, for in His culture brides were called wives before they were wed. The promise of His love is secure, and you as the Bride of Christ, belong to your Beloved.
When you read the opening lines of Song of Solomon, what was your first impression?
Lord Jesus, help me to internalize and receive the spiritual truths of this vignette, allegorically encoded for me, the Bride of Christ. Thank You that You call me “Love” because our wedding day is sure. Amen.
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ directorof VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press), won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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