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GOD’S PERSPECTIVE OF MARRIAGE
(The gift of sexual intercourse with your spouse)
(Song of Solomon 1-8)
The “Song of Solomon” or, “Song of Songs” is, first of all, a “Love song”. It communicates a message from GOD regarding the spiritual and emotional connection that exists only between two members of the opposite sex. It is a drama in poetry, and indeed, a love story that captures the yearning of a bride (woman) and a bridegroom (man) for each other.
This book of Scriptures celebrates the mystery and joy of human love, the gift that GOD gave to mankind when HE shaped Adam and Eve for each other, and, for HIS OWN purpose, which is “reproduction”. It is a refreshing affirmation of the biblical view, that, in the union of husband and wife (a man and a woman only) there exists a rewarding and total intimacy that can be cherished for all time through the reproduction of family, something which can only be done through sexual intercourse between a man and a woman, not two men, and not two women.
Many Jewish scholars also treat this book of Scripture as an allegory of GOD’s love for Israel, and CHRIST’s love for the Christian Church, rather than to accept it for what it really says. This is probably because they may feel uncomfortable with its explicit references of a sexual nature. However, it is best to accept this magnificent poem for what it is, and that is a celebration of GOD’s gift of married love.
The Song of Solomon is Scripture’s most explicit exploration of human sexual relationships, and with the exception of this book, the Old Testament tends to speak of sex indirectly, and overall, very vaguely. It, for the most part, deals with, and honors marital sexual relationships, as a private and rather personal matter, and certainly, there can be no argument, that it is correct in doing so. However, this does not even begin to suggest that Scripture has a negative view of sex. The creation story itself affirms the sexual nature of human beings, and it also carefully guards the mystery of sex, so that its special nature and power to bond husband and wife as one, will not be lost to sin.
And so GOD, through HIS eternal Word, condemns all sexual expressions outside of marriage, including adultery, fornication (pre-marital sex), and prostitution, as well as homosexual acts (sexual relations between two or more people of the same sex), and other sexual perversions, such as having sex with animals are also forbidden (Leviticus 18). However, within marriage, GOD affirms our freedom to enjoy the gift of pleasurable sexual activity. The Bible identifies three specific functions of sexual activity in human life;
· Procreation (Genesis 1:28)
· To satisfy urges that are implicit in human nature (1 Corinthians 7:3-5, & 9)
· Sex is “sacramental” in the bonding of a man and woman in one spirit (Genesis 2:24)
By preserving sexual expressions for marriage, GOD is giving it a unique power to unify man and wife, and as this act is repeated, commitment is constantly re-affirmed, trust grows, and the two actually do become one in spirit (human spirit), which is the most profound level of their personality and being. We must be faithful to our spouse and to the high GODly calling and sanctity of marriage, and, we must never try to distort its definition, function, and meaning, just to satisfy human perversions.
This literary masterpiece by King Solomon, from GOD, invites us to lift the veil of sexual intimacy so that we can partake in the divine joy and unity between a man and wife that sex can help create in a marriage, and, that GOD originally intended for HIS greatest creation in the first place. Marriage is an institution that brings GOD HIMSELF (HIS concepts) to human sexual relationships.
And it seems quite obvious that when we take a look at the state of human sexual relationships, marital statistics, and the general state of both, the world and the Church regarding marriage, that, we are still not grasping what GOD is trying to teach us through HIS Holy Word and directives. And after all this time, professed Christians, as well as non-Christians have never been able to concede to the great fundamental truth that, without GOD (even in the matter of love in marriage), man can’t do anything right, for too long.
A Sunday school lesson by,
Larry D. Alexander
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