Archive for July 14th, 2016

Song of Solomon 2

Song of Solomon 2 continues the praise between the maiden and her beloved.  She begins with “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”  As we talked about, this book likely has dual meaning.  One is the relationship between a man and woman, the other between God and His Son.  This verse shows a major change of her opinion of herself.  In chapter one, she was self-conscious and a bit unsure of her appearance.  Now she’s moved beyond that and has taken the words of her love and made them her own.

These two flowers and their description are often applied to Jesus to reflect his beauty and glory.  There is some debate over whether that was the intent or not.  These are somewhat common flowers, still beautiful indeed, but we should realize that they are not the kind of flowers that would be put up high and away from us because they are rare or precious.  While Jesus is definitely precious, He is available and wants us to come to Him and have a personal relationship.  He isn’t set apart in a way we can’t approach Him.

Another common phrase comes from this chapter and is used in many songs.  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love”.  The maiden dreams of her love bringing her to a special place – a place where they could be together and enjoy one another.  The literal translation is “the house of wine” which indicates a beautiful space that would appeal to the senses.  Her love also was not private in his feelings – he makes it clear with a banner that reflects his love for her.  Jesus does that for us as well!

God has a plan for sex in our world.  He invented it.  But it has guidelines and rules for being what God intended.  “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases”.  One of the mistakes so many of us make regarding sex is to allow ourselves to get stirred up before we are in an appropriate relationship and place to experience it the way God intends.  Sex is designed to be part of a committed loving relationship inside the bonds of marriage.  Far too often people are willing to violate God’s design and take it outside His plan, which cheapens and often destroys the impact God intends.

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