So many Christians do not know what to do with Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs depending on your tradition). Some have tried to make it about Jesus and the church…which doesn’t work. First of all, the church did not exist when this was written, and second, this is obviously about the physical nature of a relationship between a man and a woman. The Song isn’t even about love, it is about the sexual nature of human relationship; and that is OK.
We have become so reactionary in the church about sex, that we have turned a beautiful creation of God into a taboo and “dirty” topic. My friends, God’s first command to Adam and Eve was to “go forth and multiply and fill the earth with my glory.” How do you think that was going to happen? Yes, we should be upset with the flippant and dishonouring way our culture treats sex and sexual conversations; and we certainly should not be willing to accept the sexual standards or morals that are so widely promoted. But the issue is not with sex. The issue is with how we have twisted the standards about sex from Biblical, godly standards to our own, worldly, lust driven standards.
If anyone should be having a conversations about (and modelling, privately of course) passionate, God-honouring, spouse-honouring sexual practices it should be Christians! That includes teaching our children what healthy sexuality looks like from God’s perspective.
Sex is a gift from our Creator. It is not to be feared or avoided in conversation. It should be celebrated.
We need to be talking about it. Song of Solomon is a great place to start.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Proverbs 1-3