I would like to preface today's reading with an embarrassing story from my past. When I was about 11 or 12, I got my friends together to form a club. Formerly called the Georgia Peach Club, the Tie-Dye Club (the name changed after we dyed shirts at our first meeting) met a few times a month and had a slumber party. The evening was always filled with Disney movies, truth or dare, and lots of giggles. After my parents went to bed, however, we would pull of Song of Solomon and laugh hysterically at it... nothing short of awkward, but made for a great story at my wedding (thanks to one of my lovely bridesmaids, a former member of the TDC).
I never really took the time to see this book for what it is. Basically, a woman is coming to Solomon and trying to entice him to think about taking her as a lover. She is not dirty or slutty about it, she is reverent and honors the king and wants him to see her as more than just a field hand. The book goes back and forth from the woman and Solomon in a sort of dialogue. They are obviously love sick and completely infatuated. It shows movement from initial interest and courtship to marriage (later talks about wedding day and bride).
As weird and awkward as some of the language may be, it really is a beautiful book. Men, there are some seriously awesome verses in here to woo your lady!!! Take note :)
8:6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
The last thing that really caught my eye was a verse about keeping foxes out of the vineyard in chapter 2: "Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom." If you think of your marriage like a vineyard that must constantly be tended and kept safe from attack, it really makes sense! Foxes are sly creatures that sneak into vineyards and pillage and plunder it to ruins. Things like this are always assailing marriages--idolatry, pornography, lust, boredom, resentment, etc....these are the "foxes" we must keep watch for. I've only been married 6 months, so we are still in the throes of marital bliss, but I know the days of hardship will come. Its important that we help each other stay focused on God and each other and keep our lines of communication completely open. There is never a surefire way to "foxproof" your relationship, but with God's help, you can sure try!
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