Why do preachers and writers today think The Song of Songs is just about marriage, just about sex? Great preachers up until fifty years ago knew better. Charles Spurgeon said that it couldn’t just be about sex, it couldn’t just be about marriage — because it is “the Song of Songs,” which means “the very best.” Sex and marriage are beautiful gifts — but they were never intended to be the ultimate. That means we who are single would have missed it.
No — there are other reasons we are blind today. What do you think they are? We’re going to be exploring this fall some of the rich imagery of The Song of Songs, and it isn’t for the faint-hearted or hard-hearted. It is a beautiful parable — and parables are meant to hide mysterious truths from those who aren’t ready. But those who are ready to destroy the idols of their hearts, and to fall deeply in love with the One we were really created to worship, can come on this journey. “His banner over us is love” as the Song says — so why aren’t we seeing this in this lovely book?
Help me with this. Why are so many missing the main point of The Song of Songs today? Why does it seem to be studied only as a marriage manual? Why are people actually offended when you tell them it is about intimacy with Christ? Though it surely has value on the literal level, as a marriage manual, why are we missing the main point?
If you have seen some of the parallels, share what you have seen. If you haven’t, why do you think you haven’t?