Sunday, July 14, 2013

Marriage: From God's View: Part 6: The Song of Songs, Chapter 1

The man said,

"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman,'
for she was taken out of man."
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother
and be united to his wife,
and they will become one flesh,
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Genesis 2:23-25

God created men and women and designed them to become one in in every sense of the word.  The Song of Songs is largely ignored in churches today; many people have never even read it so they don't know what it contains.  Others try to "spiritualize" the book to refer to Christ and His church (I think, because they are uncomfortable with the details).  The obvious interpretation of the Song is God's intention of romantic, sexual love in the context of marriage.  I think every couple should read it as they start their marriage; God wrote it for His children (us).  The entire book is the wooing, expectancy, and consummation of the love of this couple as God intended. 

"Oh, that he would kiss me
with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is more delightful
than wine.
The fragrance of your perfume
is intoxicating;
your name is perfume
poured out,
No wonder young women adore
Take me with you----
let us hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring
me to his chambers. 

                       (Song of Songs 1:1-4)

These are the opening lines of the book, and how beautiful they are.  The King's beloved is dreamily thinking of his kisses as more wonderful than wine, and she is intoxicated by the memory of his scent and even by his name. Yes, his name; she is enraptured by him.  She can't wait for him to carry her to his chamber.

She goes on in verses 16-17 to say,

"How handsome you are,
my love,
How delightful!
Our bed is lush with foliage;
the beams of our house
are cedars,
and our rafters are cypresses.
I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys."

Some interpretations of the above is that they are consummating their marriage outdoors.

Verse 15 has "her man, her love" praising her

"How beautiful you are,
my darling.
How very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves."

Next:  Song of Songs, Chapter 2