Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marriage From God's View: Part 7: Song of Songs, Ch. 2

"Young women of Jerusalem,
I charge you,
by the gazelles and the wild does
of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time." (verse 7)

Here the bride warns young women not to stir up love until the right time.....wait until marriage..that is what God intended.  In our culture today sex is not revered, not sacred.  In fact, society promotes having as many partners as possible, and if  someone waits until marriage, she (or he) is considered a freak.  

"Listen!  My love is approaching,
Look!  Here he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My love is like a gazelle
or a young stag."  (Verse 8)

She uses a simile to compare her love to a gazelle and a stag.  A gazelle is an antelope that can run as fast as 60 mph, and a young stag is a male deer.  She thinks her man is a STUD.  She admires his athleticism.  

"My dove, in the clefts
of the rock,
In the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely."  (Verse 14)

Here is her husband comparing her to a dove; doves are symbolic of love and purity. He is enraptured by her voice and her face.

Next:  Chapter 3