These texts are dominated by the theme of the good news of God’s deliverance of those who are suffering. In some instances, the good news is given liberally, just as God gives the rain and the snow from the skies and as the one who sows spreads the seed over good soil, among thorns and thistles, on rocky ground, and along the path. The Matthew 13 text suggests that at times the suffering of the People of God is so severe the good news from God must be disguised in parables of the coming of the kingdom and rule of God so the oppressors, even though they hear the good news of the coming of deliverance for the people whom they are oppressing, will not understand it. The People of God, however, will understand it, and even though they are suffering so greatly now they will believe and heed the good news from God and will be strengthened by it. In other instances, however, the suffering and the deliverance seem to be repeated in recurring cycles.
While there is interest in human love and matchmaking only in the first three texts: finding an appropriate wife for Isaac in the selections from Genesis 24, in a royal marriage in Psalm 45:10-17, and in the love of a woman for the man she loves in Song of Solomon 2:8-13, there is gospel in each of these seven texts.
We are called in these texts to lives of commitment to God and to service as People of God, to live and to serve in the world as members of a community of faith. There are no unrealistic promises in these texts that life within the community of faith will be easy. Instead, there is the expectation that there will be struggles and strife. The security for the People of God will be in their covenant relationship with God.