May 1, 2020: Day 90- Song of Solomon 7May 1, 2020
Now we begin to get a little more graphic about the details that the man lays out about the woman and how beautiful she is and specifically which body parts he finds beautiful. In this day and age it is not scandalous or shocking and it is simply a beautiful poem describing the allure of human sexuality where procreation is not mentioned at all. Do you notice that? Throughout Scripture, beginning especially in Genesis where God tells Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, there is the assumption that human sexuality and sexual interaction had as its goal procreation. Here children are not mentioned at all, just the beauty of the man and the women’s body and how they were made for each other.
There could potentially be a misunderstanding of Scripture that some might point to thinking that it only speaks about sexuality in regards to the production of children. So any sexual encounters in marriage which are not for the purpose of creating children, some might say, are not God’s desire. I would categorically dispute that and say that this is a false interpretation. God’s desire is that man and woman would enjoy each other in marriage in all facets of their life together. There is no presumption that sexual interaction be for the sole purpose of procreation. That should be a liberating thought for husbands and wives as we understand that God has created us to enjoy each other not with an agenda, but simply because he wants us to take pleasure in each other.