The Apostle Paul when he uses the illustration of the human body to the Church says: And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty. So too in this work, those parts are treated with special modesty. Images such as hills, mountains, gardens, fountains, aromatic plants all were immediately understood 3,000 years ago in terms of human physiology and bodily responses. God wants married couples to be able to talk with each other about this most central subject to their marriage with appropriate delicacy, humour and tact.
* All-Seeing God, please show us today what You would have us know from this passage in Your word.
The poetry in this book is breath-taking.
Particularly this refrain (repeated) bears mention, “Until the day breathes and the shadows flee,” – What word-smithing!
And what evocative imagery we read here.
And again, the exhortation that lies within, to be continually (sometimes this will be easy, sometimes it will not) captivated by our spouse.
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”
We need to wrestle with this; how can we talk about flawlessness in a sinner?
Because in our eyes, our spouse is absolutely to be set apart in our eyes, our sight, our thoughts and our actions.
Set apart like we see in the heavenly realities of Jesus and the Church.
* Thank You Father Above for this wonderful poetry, for these encouragements to grow and encourage romantic feelings within our marriages day-by-day, and thank You for Jesus. For His love for the church.
Please make us a wise and faithful people, singular in our devotion to You.