Who doesn’t love some good, steamy, sexually charged literature, huh?
Welcome to the Song of Solomon.
The debate has raged over the centuries about what this book symbolizes, and what he imagery represents. I am not of the opinion that it is a romantic Poem from God’s perspective to his people. Mostly because the language isn’t just lovey-dovey; it’s downright spicy!
No, the Song of Solomon is a story of committed and faithful love between Solomon and (presumably) his first wife. He started put so well…
And so in the first three chapters I saw this verse, repeated twice verbatim:
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
The Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV
So here, in this book all about the joy of love (and love-making), Solomon’s bride implores other women to not “awaken love before the time is right” (NLT).
It seems everything in our culture wants to “awaken love.” From earlier and eaier ages, kids are being taught about sexuakity in schools, and being exposed to alluring material.
Even for adults, the waters can be tough to navigate with the proliferation of portable pornography, the crazy successes of franchises like 50 Shades of Gray, and numerous magazines like Maxim and Cosmo, which seem to focus only on sex.
People who strive to “not awaken love” are certainly swimming upstream against the forces of culture.
Yet here, Solomon’s bride relishes in the fact that “I am my beloved’s and he is mine” (2:16). The joy can be seen through the book, and it is mutually experienxed from him and her.
Give it time, and those who call you crazy for your otments to protecting your heart will be tje ones who have had the worse relationships and the most regrets.
Do not awaken love until the time is appropriate, and then let loose and you’ll really be able to enjoy it.