Song of Solomon 4 Bible Study: Love, Sex and Relationships
A LOOK INSIDE
Let's start this lesson with some history on Solomon. In a dream he was granted a wish by God. Instead of asking for wealth or fame Solomon's request was for wisdom to guide God's people. He was granted that wisdom along with wealth, fame, and long life (see I Kings 3:11-14). Solomon had a weakness for women, though. Between wives, princesses, and concubines we are told in I Kings 11:3 there were 1,000 women in his life, mostly foreign, who turned his heart away from God. Song of Solomon is a quite steamy poetic love letter with the potential to replace your favorite romance novel.
BREAK IT DOWN
Song of Solomon 4:8-11Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices! Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
Today's sex-obsessed society could turn this scripture into a soap opera by implying that these are aimed at a girlfriend or "significant other." Nothing could be farther from the truth. Notice that there is one single word in verse 8 that sets the focus of these seemingly erotic words - "spouse."