Sunday, April 8th, '18
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you are fair, my love!" (Song of Solomon 4:1)
I've been in a several week study of the Song
of Solomon and yes, the Bible does have a marriage manual tucked between its
papyrus sheets. If God instituted love and marriage you would think He would
include some directions in the start-up kit, wouldn't you? The first three
chapters in the manual are about dating that leads to courting and then the
popping of the "will you marry me?" question. In chapter four we reach the
honeymoon and no matter how prudish you think the Bible may be, the peep into
Solomon's chamber in this chapter is anything but.
Read the whole chapter. (And if you have
parental controls now would be the time to activate). He starts with pet name
talk, "my love". "You have dove's eyes behind your veil". The veil is being
removed. He looks into her eyes, deep and discerning. "Your hair is like a
flock of goats", not too romantic in our day, but illustrative of wild
springing curls to the Shulamite. "Going down from Mount Gilead", his attention
is moving downward. "Your teeth are like a flock of sheep", he loves her smile.
"Every one bears twins, and none is barren among them". Good news for Solomon.
He had never seen behind her veil. All the teeth are paired nicely with none
"barren", that is, no missing bicuspids. She took advantage of Crest-Strips.
"Your lips are like..." It is clear he is moving
in for a kiss. "Your temples...like a piece of pomegranate". That middle-eastern
fruit ripens to a pinkish red. The girl's cheeks are blushing. He speaks
sweetly, not in a rush. "Your neck is like a tower", she stands tall as he
builds her self-esteem. "On which hang a thousand bucklers", it appears he is
undoing her necklace with its many jewels, resembling a thousand metal shields.
"Your two breasts are like two fawns..." Notice the delicateness and tenderness.
You can't approach fawn gazelles by being rough or overbearing. He is gaining
her trust, literally "making" love. Then comes the honeymoon, "Until the day
breaks, and the shadows flee away..." He anticipated it lasting all night, till
the rise of dawn.
That may be more of an education than you were
expecting so I've stopped at verse six but there is much more to come. "Come
with me from Lebanon, my spouse...Look from the top of Amana, from the top of
Senir and Hermon..." He is taking her to the mountain peek. That's called in
geological terms, the climax. Sex is not an off-limits subject. The Bible
addresses the pleasure, the joy, the deepest one-flesh fulfillment because He
designed it for us, in covenant context. Today's youth desperately need
biblical teaching on dating and mating (and waiting). The back seat is not as
safe a classroom as is the front pew. But it has to be taught, not from Paul's
perspective alone. Solomon was called the wisest man in the world and from this
peek into his bedroom we can fairly accurately assume why. So the Song of
Solomon needs the chief seat in discussions on human sexuality. What's that red
nose? Now I caught you blushing. Why is it that the church refuses to talk
about what everybody else is talking about? Like it or not, unless you came in
a space ship, you got here because of sex. The bride responds in verse 16, "Let
my beloved come to his garden, and eat its pleasant fruits". Having built her
up, she now says, "You can have your way, Solomon. The garden is yours". Ma'am,
don't shut off that computer. If we can't preach the whole Bible we shouldn't
preach any of it. The Bible paints the scene for a perfect honeymoon. Now our job
as believers is to make the honeymoon last.