“If you live to be one hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” – Winnie the Pooh
We come to the most risqué books in all the Bible, the song of songs, which is Solomon’s. In this book, we catch a glimpse of young Solomon completely infatuated with a young, poor woman. It is a book of romance, which describes a young groom and bride’s love for one another. This book was actually not allowed for younger Jews, and was considered too mature!
Why would such a book be included in the cannon of Scripture? I believe the intention is to show us God’s love for us and how we ought to love Him, but also to show the beauty and holiness of a right relationship between a man and woman.
This book goes through the expressions of love, the delight of the physical relationship in marriage, and even the difficulties in a relationship. The language of the book may seem comical at times, as the lovers use words like “teeth like a flock of sheep, cheeks of jewels, and dove’s eyes”. These expressions were not intended as humorous, and actually are deep expressions of admiration and love.
God designed marriage to be a picture of heaven on earth. The love a husband has for his bride is to picture the love God has for His church. The reverence and respect a wife has toward her husband is to represent the fear we have of the Lord. Marriage was God’s first institution, and He honors and loves the union of one man and one woman for life.
It shouldn’t surprise us that the institution of marriage is under assault. We must be vigilant to keep a right perspective on marriage. It is not simply a legal or cultural practice, but a God given establishment that is not to be redefined or altered. God alone can establish what qualifies as a marriage, and He alone sets the terms for how it ought to function and work.
The Word of God is replete with truths about marriage, and how it should work. Most of God’s truths go contrary to our culturally held beliefs, and we should strive to base our marriages on God’s Word. Don’t allow a fallen world define your love, submission, sex life, service toward one another, and so much more! Pray and seek wisdom in God’s Word, let Him define your marriage.
May God bless your marriage with deep rich love like Solomon had toward this unnamed bride. Not just an infatuation, but a deep, abiding love that grows deeper and richer as time goes on. Today, love your spouse… find one way to serve them, love them, and make them feel special!
Daily Scripture Reading
Song of Solomon 1-8
Song of Solomon 2:4
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”