Read: Song of Solomon 2:8-17
For behold, the winter is past. (v. 11)
The content of the Song of Solomon is delivered in a unique way. Unlike any other book of the Bible, all of the words come out of the mouths of the characters. In that way, it is like a play, and the English Standard Version adds subheads so we can see who speaks each passage: He, She, or Others. Our understanding of the somewhat confusing text is enhanced when we know who is speaking, and in today’s passage “She” is telling us that the spring has come.
Being a Detroit Tigers baseball fan, I remember how legendary announcer Ernie Harwell would begin the first broadcast of spring training every year by reciting verses 11 and 12: “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land” (KJV).
Spring and Easter and Passover (and yes, a new baseball season) are all signs of God’s work of renewal, restoration, and ultimately resurrection. As you read this, the beginning of Lent will be drawing near, and soon spring training begins. There are signs that winter is ending; spring is coming, and romance is in the air! It won’t be long until flowers will be coming out of the ground, just like Jesus came out of the tomb. Soon, we will raise our voices in resurrection songs, because God makes all things new. —Jeff Munroe
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for the hope and promise of spring.