Song of Solomon
I have to admit I am a sucker for romance. Romance is not just flowers and candy. Romance can be those intimate acts of love that we do for one another that simply shout, “I love you”. On our second date November 17, 1963, Chuck Harley brought me a stuffed moose from a popular cartoon at that time. I loved it and named it Moots and kept that moose all through high school and into college and marriage. Then in 1972, I baby sat a very young child who had just lost a parent. She loved the moose and wanted to take it home so the moose left the house and I never saw it again.
Last Christmas, 42 years later, I received a moose for Christmas from my Beloved. It was an exact replica of the Moots I had lost so long ago. It wasn’t candy or flowers, it was something better and it was one of the most romantic gifts I have ever received. He had hunted down something that was no longer sold or made and paid a high dollar for it, all for my great pleasure and surprise. It loudly and clearly said “I love you”.
Song of Solomon is God’s great approval on romantic love. It burst through the stoic, solemn, wrinkled brow, frowny view of romance and sexual love in marriage and openly and joyfully applauds it. It is impossible to read that little book, mostly poetry, without learning a few valuable lessons.
First of all it celebrates purity until marriage. In our sex soaked culture this is not even considered possible but God assures us it is and it is worth waiting for.
Secondly, the couple openly expresses beautiful words of love to one another. There is no holding back, and they use words of beauty and yes even fun. There is no shame or embarrassment…just pure freedom to express the love that is in their hearts.
Third, they fight (I am so glad God put that in the story) but the person who has offended makes haste to heal the relationship and forgiveness is quickly given.
And lastly, they put a high priority on their marriage. So many things can take precedent over the marriage relationship but here God encourages us to take the time to refresh and regroup and restore the passion and intimacy.
The word moose does not appear in the Song of Solomon, but the principle does. Go the second mile, do the work, spend the money, say the words, make your spouse’s happiness a priority, without embarrassment holding nothing back. And when you do you may even hear an applause right from heaven.
After reading the Song of Solomon, answer the following questions.
1. Chapters 1 and 2 describe the young couple’s courtship?
2. In Chapter 3 how did the groom retrieve his bride?
3. Chapter 4 describes the honeymoon. What makes it special?
4. Chapter 5 describes a lover’s quarrel. Why did they fight? Did it last long?
5. How does the couple keep love kindled in chapter 6 and 7?
6. How can we kindle the romance with our own beloved?