Sunday, May 2, 2010

What I Learned from the Song of Solomon

For this month's Marriage Monday, I'm selecting the topic "Talking Turkey When You’re Feeling Like a Chicken". Because a chicken is exactly what I felt like when I started writing this post!

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
Song of Solomon 1:2-4
I was completely unaware of the existence of the Book of the Song of Solomon
until was in my 20's. In all honesty, even after I knew it existed, I had no idea what it was about, until one day, we had a guest speaker in our Sunday School class. This guest speaker was the wife of one of my high school teachers. She was probably around my mother's age, I graduated with her eldest son. Even though at this point, I was an adult, married and the mother of two, albeit young, children, I began to blush when she began to teach from the Song of Solomon, especially what it has to say about sex within marriage.
Now, up to this point, I will admit, most of what I had heard about sex in church was DO NOT HAVE SEX. EVER. UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. EVER. Granted,that was in youth group and completely appropriate advice for that stage in my life.
Going back to that Sunday School class, until that day, I guess I kind of thought that the Bible taught a "just lie back and think of England" (supposedly Queen Victoria's marriage night advice to one of her daughters) outlook on marital relations. Was I ever surprised to learn the opposite! Not for a moment that I ever felt Queen Victoria-ish or subscribed to that philosophy, but I had the overall assumption that was what God wanted us to feel. Even while I was uncomfortable sitting in a room full of people discussing the subject, I eagerly went home and searched through the pages myself. What a gift God intended us to be to each other!
Awake, north wind,
and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden,
that its fragrance may spread abroad.
Let my lover come into his garden
and taste its choice fruits.
Song of Solomon 4:16

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Constance said...

Who knew such passion lies within the pages of God's word? And is one of His gifts to us, His creation! I feel sorry for the women who have that "think of England" mentality. satan has cheated them from being fully known!

Julie The Surrendered Scribe said...

I remember we were required to read from Song of Solomon in college and I'd never touched the Bible let alone "that book." The teacher called on me because he liked how I handled reading Shakespeare. I got so flustered reading that---my throat went dry, oh the memories!

As a Christian wife, that book is beautiful to me and I can't wait to read it. God is the creator of s*x, I pray your post encourages wives it's a great part of marriage to enjoy.

LittleWomen21 said...

I loved the Song Of Solomon verses you picked for this! You've inspired me to go back and re-read that book (it's been a long time).

I also couldn't help but giggle at the supposed Queen Victoria quote (having just seen the movie, the Young Victoria)

Faith said...

I adore the SOng of Solomon. For its passion about lovers and for the symbolism of Jesus, our Bridegroom and us, the Church, His Bride!!! This was a great way to approach the monthly topic...thank you!

e-Mom said...

What a loving God we have... He's provided everything we need in Scripture. You chose the perfect passage to illustrate this topic.

For many, this was not an easy subject to write about. Thanks for fearlessly diving in!

((Hugs)) e-Mom

Mac an Rothaich said...

Such a beautiful book indeed.

Jona said...

I know many women can relate to your story :D I do. It's just awesome how God teaches us everything through the Bible.


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