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

Reading

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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.

June 2, Reading 2 – Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1

Reading

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SAA Notes

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.

SJA Notes

* 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.

Amen.