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Righteous Romance      Song of Solomon 1:7-8, 15-2:2, 2:15; 4:9-12       May 18, 2014

 

Introduction

This is a beautiful reference to romance in a biblical setting. All young couples thinking about marriage

could benefit from reading it and trying to practice the expressions in the limits of dating.                               

1.    Righteous Romance Being . . Encouraged by the Woman. 1:7-8

       A.   Encouraged by the Woman . . Eagerly 1:7

       7 Tell me, you, the one I love: Where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you let them rest at noon?

       Why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?

 

       B.   Encouraged By the Man . . Earnestly. 1:8

       8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the flock,

       and pasture your young goats near the shepherds' tents.


       Couples love being together. This one who Solomon calls,“the most beautiful of women,” wanted to be near Solomon without some connotation giving to an immoral woman. Solomon encouraged her and therefore encouraged togetherness. Couples in love want to be near one another. Time together is preferred to any time apart. This couple will soon be married and getting to know each other is a part of the attraction and time together is usually very important. All of us may know a couple who did not know each other very long and said it was love at first sight. This text is relating to a normal relationship where love is growing.

 

2.    Righteous Romance Receiving . . Encouragement from the Man. 1:15-2:2

       A.   Encouragement from Man . . Delightfully. 1:15-17

       15 How beautiful you are, my darling. How very beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

       16 How handsome you are, my love. How delightful! Our bed is lush with foliage;

       17 the beams of our house are cedars, and our rafters are cypresses.

 

       B.   Encouragement from Man . . Deliberately. 2:1-2

2:1 I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.

       2 Like a lily among thorns, so is my darling among the young women.


       Righteous romance is encouraged by Solomon. His words are delightful and deliberate as they described his lady with words any woman would want to hear. When they come from the king it would seem they are appreciated more than if they came from some other man. The king has a way with words and does not seem to get tired of using them on the one who is to be he bride. He describes the beauty of the bed and bedroom of the

home they will share. Solomon calls his bride to be, his darling, also like lilies among thorns. A lady would enjoy hearing those remarks.

 

3     Righteous Romance Being Careful to . . Encountering Precautions. 2:15

       A.   Encountering Precautions In A . . Thoughtful Manner. 2:15a

       15 Catch the foxes for us— the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—. . .”

       B.   Encountering Precautions In A . . Timely Manner. 2:15a

“. . . for our vineyards are in bloom.”


       If you can remember back into your days of courting you probably had times when certain actions

were more correct that they would have been at other times. Perhaps the time for the first date and then the time

for the first kiss. If it is truly a time of romance initiated by the Lord you can have second chances but many

experiences and much time can seem to almost lose a good situation. It is obvious when the vineyards are in bloom but not as easily known the timing of romance. Solomon knew and took advantage of the times.

 

4.    Righteous Romance Delightfully . . Eliciting Your Mate. 4:9-12

       A.   Eliciting Your Mate In . . Verbal Compliments. 4:9-10

       9 You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride. You have captured my heart with one glance of

       your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

       10 How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine,

       and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

 

       B.   Eliciting Your Mate In . . Valued Compliments. 4:11-12

11 Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride. Honey and milk are under your tongue.

       The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

       12 My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden— a locked garden and a sealed spring.


       Have you ever heard men’s emotions are touched through their eyes but ladies emotions are touched more through their ears? I don’t know if that is true but Solomon seems to be using the idea. Women do like to be told, “I love you;” more than men. Notice in the text how much he compliments his bride with his verbal comments and the words of value he expresses to her. Some suggest verse twelve may refer to her virginity.

It is sad that in this day that quality is less valued by many. It is the biblical opinion that it is a standard of

Righteous Romance . Amen? Amen!