Monday, August 10, 2009

Gleanings from Song of Songs

I had a hard time finding my journal from Song of Songs. I knew you wouldn't believe me if I were to tell you that I lost it (esp. on this particular book). Anyway, I found it. Remember, I'm reading and journaling from the Message Bible by Eugene Peterson.

Our culture today specializes in a loveless sex. Some never think of love when they think of sex. Others never think of sex when they think of love (more holy). The Song of Songs integrates the two and provides a biblical basis showing the beauty of sex when it is expressed in its God-ordained way (between husband and wife).

Peterson wonders if Solomon wrote these words since he was obsessed with women, speculating instead that maybe someone dedicated this book to him. (I still think Solomon is the man.)

  1. Love needs to be expressed verbally (women loved jewelry 3000 years ago; I guess some things never change).
  2. As wildly in love with each other this couple is, they recognize they must protect themselves against the "foxes" that can destroy a marriage.
  3. In a healthy marriage spouses speak highly and positively of their mate to their friends.
  4. Please forgive the sarcasm--but with all the scents this woman was wearing, she wouldn't be welcome in any doctor's office.
  5. "What's so special about him?" All of us married folks should be able to answer this question about our spouse (and it better be a quick answer).
  6. The man in this romance speaks for every other married man I know when it comes to speaking of his relationship with his wife--"I'm in over my head." I believe we all married "above" us.
  7. Whew! It's getting hot in here with this R-rated stuff!
  8. My paraphrase of 8:4--If you're not married, don't have sex. And don't put yourself in a position where you're tempted to have sex.

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