If this book were not in the canon of the Bible, one might wonder if it were any more than a collection of love songs. That, of course, is what it is. But it fits in the Bible and in the sequence of our Sunday lessons because these songs are attributed to Solomon, just as many of the Psalms are credited to David. This look into a piece of wisdom literature also introduces us to what Othmar Keel calls "the third bearer of religious knowledge in the ancient world." Priest and prophet tended to play a more dominant role.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.