Today you should read: Song of Solomon 1
Well here we go… embarking on one of the most interesting books in the Bible. Admittedly, this book is difficult to write a commentary on – it’s delicate and leaves us often not knowing really what to say. But as we start we must remember that…
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
Song of Solomon is a part of that Scripture – there has never been any doubt or argument to that through the centuries. It’s unique in that the Name of God is not mentioned within it, it is never quoted in the New Testament, and it does not contain any expressions or pious devotion to God or any prophecy or revelation. It’s always been regarded as unique. Early Jewish leaders advised that young people should not read it until they were thirty years old – “lest by the abuse of that which is most pure and sacred the flames of lust should be kindled with fire from heaven which is intended for the altar only.”
In an over-sexed culture such as ours, this brings up the question, what does God think about SEX ?
1. He thinks sex is good – He came up with the idea.
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth”… Genesis 1:28
2. He carefully designed sex to ONLY work correctly within marriage.
Each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:2
3. ALL sexual activity outside of God’s plan (marriage) is sinful and deadly.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”
4. We must not think and act like those who don’t know God.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
5. It’s worth the wait…
Whatever your station in life – single and waiting – or married and enjoying – commit this area of your life to God. He must be the boss over every area of our lives.
Posted by:Tim Parsons