Songs 3 Commentary
The first section looks into the longings of the married woman. The gap that the woman feels when her man is absent can be very strong. This is for men. Don’t be absent. She has her feelings. Then comes the warning. The young woman must not arouse love because it isn’t an easy dog to tame.
Love in this chapter can easily be translated as sex. Don’t arouse it unless it can be satisfied in a godly way – within the marriage context. Don’t arouse it by what you see on the screen or hear from bad songs. The saint is expected to stay away from materials, habits, or places that are likely to arouse love before its appropriate time.
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Verse 5.
This may refer to advice streaming from an experienced woman to the young women – the daughters of Jerusalem. But it can also be a situation where the young woman is fending off temptations from her peers. They should not mislead her into mistimed sex.
The second section appears as a moment of pride and admiration. The woman is all-smiles as she sees her man approaching. Solomon’s kingly position is used to transmit expectations.
The New Testament saint knows a godly man sits in the position of a royal priest. It is a combination of kingly splendor and priestly holiness. Does the man display these qualities as he shows up at home?
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. First Peter 2 verse 9.
As with the Book of Proverbs and the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Book of Songs is celebrating the wisdom that the LORD gave Solomon after he had asked for it. This volume is focused on marriage and the thrills of marriage intimacy. It is all godly and expectations have been put in black and white for godly instructions for humanity.
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