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Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: To Know and to Love

  • Sep 2013 Issue
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Our search for the meaning of life sends us in two possible directions. One is the direction of the intellect: We want to understand, to know, and be known. And second is the direction of the emotions: We want to love and be loved.

Thousands of years before us, King Solomon, one of the most famous, rich, and wise kings of Israel, already traveled that road. His quest, as well as his questions and answers, are particularly helpful for us in our modernday world.

This month in Today in the Word we’ll go on a meaning-of-life journey with King Solomon. We’ll study two books of the Old Testament: Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. They reflect two perspectives on life and its purpose. We’ll see that Ecclesiastes follows the direction of the intellect and deals with the matters of the mind. In the Song of Songs, Solomon turns from the mind to the heart, showing the picture of true romance. Through the wisdom of these books, we’ll see once again that our eternal need to know and to love can be fully realized only in God and our relationship with Him.

We pray that this month’s study will inspire you to take a fresh new look at your life and your relationship with the Lord, or perhaps will just help you glean a few precious nuggets from Solomon’s wisdom that will enrich your walk with Christ. We value your prayers and financial support of this ministry, and we are glad we’re on this journey together.


Executive Editor: Paul B. Currie; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Associate Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: John Koessler, Kim Pickett; Writer: Jamie Janosz

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