Well, y'all, we made it through Song of Solomon! If you've been following along on the journey we've been taking this year, we've been looking at a biblical book each week. It was definitely interesting timing for this particular book to land on Father's Day, wasn’t it?
There are many theories about how to interpret the book of Song of Solomon and even much confusion around it. I think in some ways that's okay because it's helpful to acknowledge that the conversation around sex in our culture has gotten very confusing and convoluted. So why would this book be in the canon? For a moment, let's put the theories and confusion aside, and acknowledge that perhaps this book was included to show a picture of how love and its sexual physical expressions are not only appropriate, but are good in God's context of marriage: between one man and one woman. If you recall, we saw in Ecclesiastes 3:11, that God has made everything beautiful in its time. That includes physical intimacy between a husband and wife, which God created before the fall of man. That fall has greatly impacted this area of many, many people's lives. So our conversation and journey through Song of Solomon yesterday, while perhaps awkward at a few moments, was good for us to acknowledge as a church that in the right context, these expressions and longings are healthy and good because God created us to have these desires. Where the world gets things wrong, it is our opportunity to shine the light and love of Christ, in healing and hopeful ways, so that people can hear about and find the redeeming love that is in our Savior, Christ Jesus.
Just as the wife asks for the husband to set her as a seal upon his heart, Christ has sealed our hearts with His love through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13). His love is stronger than death, and nothing will quench His love for us (Songs 8:6-7). Just as genuine and dependable love is needed for a secure marriage, it is the dependable and faithful love of Jesus that makes us secure in our lives. Ultimately, in His death and resurrection, Christ has not only saved us from death, but saved us unto Himself so that we would know His love.
Continued blessings on this journey with Him,
P.S. Does anyone else still have, “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes running their mind? You might now!