Song of Songs

I remember one day I was at a church service, probably around 7 years ago and I just wasn’t interested in whatever ‘message’ was being preached. So I was randomly flipping through my Bible, and I came across a book that caught my eye for some reason-The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon). It wasn’t a long book, so I was able to finish it during the church service. I was enthralled by it. It was probably one of the most sexually explicit pieces of work I had read up until that point, but it seemed to be a celebration of sexuality rather than my own perception of what Christianity said about sexuality. This surprised me. I didn’t expect this in the Bible. It made me wonder how I could have missed it for so many years. In fact, it also got me wondering, why aren’t people preaching about it?

I mean, sure, it’s only 8 chapters, so that might have had something to do with it. But in the midst of other books that highlight violent episodes in Egyptian and Roman history, we have this book that highlights romance and intimacy. It almost feels out of place. But it’s in the Bible, so God must have thought it important enough to write. I mean, just a book before this, the Bible permits, or perhaps commands, one to “let her breasts fill you at all times with delight”. The Bible is telling us (men) to do this; of course, in marriage. The Song of Solomon is poetically showing how that was achieved in Solomon’s life.

So, I am seeing this as God using their poetic love for each other as model of intimacy in marriage, and if you’re really reading between the lines, I think you’ll see that the Song of Solomon is highlighting some explicit sexual acts that are acceptable forms of love. Frankly, I think this book (as well as the rest of the Bible) is trying to give a message that any type of sexuality in marriage is acceptable. That is a very comforting thing to know. Yeah…