“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.” (Song of Solomon 8:7).
Song of Solomon…wow…what a book! It’s like no other book of the Bible. it’s a poem, it’s a song, and it’s a love letter. This book is also unique because it is well…”steamy”! It deals with love between a married couple. The lovers talk not only about the character and personality of each other, but about physical attractiveness, and they use spicy, sultry, and sensual language. What marriages we would have in our churches if we emulated the marriage in this Song of Songs.
Modern novels, movies, and TV shows tend to write the most risqué, heroic, and passionate love stories outside of marriage, and marriage is frequently depicted as boring and binding, and with a note of despair. How wrong they are! Those who know the Lord realize that the most enduring romances are written inside the bonds of marriage.
This book also suggests God’s love for the Church. In the Bible, the Church is described as the Bride of Christ. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25-27 that, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, and cleanse her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” It is wonderful to know that through Christ we can be sanctified, cleansed, adorned, and loved by God. The purpose of all this? So, we can display the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world!