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17 October 2006

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Richard Bentall

Matthew

the whole of Song of Songs is a great love story of two people, a bit like Christ and the Church. I've found 5 themes for Christ and the Church, and leave yourself to find another 2 for the complete number.... 7
1) Love 8:7
2) Prayers 8:13
3) Yearning 8:14
4) Company 2:14
5) Responding 5:2-8

Richard

Karen Turner

"which although sung at Christmas doesn' really have anything to do with Christmas"

It most certainly does. The Tree of Life in the Book of Genesis is a tree planted by God in midst of the Garden of Eden (Paradise), whose fruit gives everlasting life, i.e. immortality. Together with the Tree of Life, God planted the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9). After eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the biblical account states that Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden to prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life:

“ And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:22)

In the New Testament this expulsion from the Garden of Eden os compensated by 'planting' a new Tree of Life: Jesus. Therefore, at christmas mankind was given a new Tree of Life.

Matthew Ling

Karen,

I have to agree with you of course! The incarnation is the centre point of history - the realisation of all Old Testament expectation and the revelation of the consummation of God's plan for the universe.

If you go looking you'll find that I have blogged several times on the Tree motif in scripture.

I guess what I meant was "there's no shepherds or wise men in it." Thanks for you thoughts and insights - it lifted my eyes unto Him!

TFB

"Let down by the second line of the final stanza"??

No, "dying faith" is right for me. It makes the point that Christ is the source of all life, and that without Jesus even our own boasted personal faith will die away.

This song is the opposite to those immature breezy evangelical hymns where all is easy victory. It is a song for grown-up Christians!

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