June 4, Reading 2 – Song of Solomon 6:10-8:14

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SAA Notes

Grape vines budding and pomegranates flowering in the grove of nut trees are two very explicit images that should be immediately understandable (especially if you’ve seen the process of a pomegranate flowering). God’s design for humanity is chastity, not celibacy. All must be chaste, while some might have to be both, as Jesus said of Himself. Matthew 19:12

SJA Notes

* God above, please open our eyes today to what You would have us know from Your word.

Much of the imagery we read in this passage is quite plainly about the act of sex between a husband and wife.

Every part of God’s word is HIS WORD.

And so from here we get a very clear word on the beauty that God has ordered and ordained within marriage for sex.

And while the imagery is explicit, it’s nothing like what the world shows us, tells us, wants us to believe is right.

Again we read, the wisdom from the woman, “… That you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.”

Where do we see this practiced and promoted in the world? We don’t – It is the opposite, and we are told loud and often that we need to express freedom in sex, not to be held back by archaic regulations, experiment.

Yet here in this Song of Songs, God points us to His creation order. Husband and wife, united together.

This order is what is good and beneficial for us. God gave us this order, these rules, because they make sense!

Sex does not eclipse everything else that is good and right in marriage – But it has a beautiful place.

* Creator God, thank You for Your word, especially here for this Song.

For those of us who are single, mark us as faithful servants of Your will, practicing holiness and listening to You rather than the world.

And for those of us who are married, mark us too as faithful servants of Your will. Help us to reflect Your wonderful order for marriage in every aspect, including sex.

Amen.

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