Summary: God speaking about love to his people.

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“The Song of Marriage”

Young Man: “9You have captured my heart, my treasure my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.10 Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices. 11 Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride. Honey and milk are under your tongue. Your clothes are scented like the cedars of Lebanon. 12 You are my private garden, my treasure, my bride, a secluded spring, a hidden fountain. 13 Your thighs shelter a paradise of pomegranates with rare spices—henna with nard, 14 nard and saffron, fragrant calamus and cinnamon, with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes, and every other lovely spice. 15 You are a garden fountain, a well of fresh water streaming down from Lebanon’s mountains. Young Woman: 16 Awake, north wind! Rise up, south wind! Blow on my garden and spread its fragrance all around. Come into your garden, my love; taste its finest fruits.” Song of Songs 4:9-16 NLT

Intro: This is one of the steamiest passages of scriptures in the bible.

If while it was being read you were thinking,

is that talking about what I think it is talking about? You were right.

It is talking about marriage and sex.

It is a duet sung between two lovers.

The young man is Solomon, the tenth son of David and the second son of David and Bathsheba.

Solomon is described as tall and strong like a tree, a mighty warrior.

One day while Solomon was visiting his vineyard he meets a young woman called Shulamith or Shunem,

a country girl described as tanned and beautiful with eyes like a dove.

Then the compliments get a little confusing:

"Your hair is like a flock of goats …

You're so beautiful—your hair looks like goat hair!

Her two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.

Uh, I am not sure a lady today would take that as much of a compliment.

These pickup lines would not go over so well today.

But evidently she was flattered.

Our language of courtship and marriage has changed over the years.

Back a generation or so ago when you got married

For better, for worse

For richer, for poorer,

In sickness and in health

To love and to cherish,

Till death us do part,

And thereto I plight thee my troth.

Plight thee my troth?

What on earth does that mean?

To “plight” means to promise

“Troth” means to be true.

To plight your troth means

You promise to be true, honest and faithful.

No wander marriages don’t last much anymore

They stopped plighting their troth

Somewhere along the way we stopped promising to be honest and faithful.

During a wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the minister with an offer.

He said, "I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows.

When you get to me and the part where I promise to 'love, honor and obey'

and 'forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,

Just leave that part out.

He passed the minister the cash and walked away feeling very satisfied.

The wedding day arrives, they came to the ceremony where the vows are exchanged.

When it comes time for the groom's vows,

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