Today you should read: Song of Solomon 6
A Woman Highly Respected…
While reading up on this book (as a whole) and these chapters, I read some great insight from the ESV Study Bible that I thought would be great to share…
It describes one of the purposes of this book as “to show marriage as a gift from God.” The book also describes marriage to be founded on loyalty and commitment. WHEN THIS HAPPENS…it allows delight to flourish. When sexual intimacy and delight occur in the right framework (marriage), God’s people honor Him and commend Him to the world by demonstrating with their lives that obedience brings genuine delight.
To summarize: We obey God in purity before marriage. Then, because marriage is founded on loyalty and commitment, sexual intimacy in marriage can occur and it brings delight. When the world sees the delight that comes from marriage, it is a testimony that obedience to God actually brings blessings, delight, and joy.
I couldn’t help but think about how some, who are not married and are actively pursuing sexual intimacy, cannot truly enjoy the blessings that come from God in this area…because the loyalty and commitment level could fail at any moment. Oh, how glorious the black-and-white commitment level is inside the covenant of marriage. And what a blessing it is that our delight in marriage is actually a testimony to the joy that comes from obeying God.
Sorry for the detour… ok, on to our passage…
In today’s passage, we see the man and woman sharing their love for one another, and I just want to briefly point out one thing.
We can gain insight into the personhood of the woman, from the description of the man. And in verse 4 he describes her “as majestic as an army with billowing banners.” If you can think of the movies…armies with banners are usually those of profound respect. They are usually armies that are poised, well organized, disciplined, have great leadership, and because of these things, have great victories. But overall, they are armies of respect.
While reading this, I couldn’t help but think of our culture and how the most important attribute seems to be “beauty.” It is a type of beauty that is fleeting and failing. And just to alleviate some pressure for our ladies…what our world needs is more woman who are as majestic as an army with billowing banners.
And overall, I think this can be an encouragement to both men and woman, to not let yourself be defined by the standards that the world prescribes, but by the values that God describes…men and woman of godly respect.
Posted by:Sam Cirrincione