The Most Intimate Song

The restraint of sexual passion IS NOT Christian.  The fullest human expression of it is!  If this statement makes you nervous, get help immediately…from the Bible!

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for his love is better than wine.” So begins “the song of songs”, the 22nd book of the Bible so-named by its writer.  What is this compilation of erotic love poems doing in the sacred writ? 

“His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me” [8:3]   “He shall lie down all night betwixt my breasts” [1:13])  Such passages betray the cultural acceptance of sensuality among the Hebrew.  It contradicts the artificial restraints placed upon Christian married couples who see sexual yearning as something to be highly regulated rather than uniquely enjoyed and exploited. 

 “I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” [2:3], says the woman.   Her beloved likens her to a palm tree.   “I will take hold of the boughs thereof,” and “thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine” (7:8).   Her beloved has “gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies” [6:2].   Clearly, sex was meant to be a full body experience engaging all of the human senses for physical delight.

The Biblical book, so often cast by theologians as being allegoric of God’s relationship to Israel and/or Christ’s to the Church, unapologetically narrates erotic love in most passionate terms.  We need not ‘excuse’ its place in the Bible by assigning some ‘higher’ purpose to it.  It is what it is.   Sex is glorious to God.  God created it!

The bride of this narrative asks the north and south winds to “blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits” [4:16].   “I am come into my garden, ” her lover responds, “I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk” [5:1].   And the woman says, “I went down into the garden of nuts (NRSV ‘the nut orchard’) . . . to see whether the vine flourished (NRSV ‘whether the vines had budded’)”. [6:11]   If only she could take him home, she says later, she would cause him “to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate” [8:2].

Being married is a tremendous experience.  Everything about it can be also…including sex.  In marriage, we must enjoy sex as we enjoy eating.  And apparently, these two enjoy eating during sex!  What?

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