Song of Songs is not a book you often hear preached in church. How do you preach on a book whose purpose is to teach the readers “about erotic love and the desire and joy that comes with it” (Richard Hess, Song of Songs, pg.35). Apart from anything else this makes Song of Songs quite confronting – especially in a world where broken love has caused hurt, pain, guilt and abuse. Yet Song of Songs is a book of the Bible and “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching … ” (2 Tim 3:16).
Through this series which, Pastor Allan admits was the most difficult to preach in some time, we sought to have an understanding of sensuality that was in alignment with the Scriptures.
Part 0 - Introduction
Solomon is named as the author of the Song of Songs, but how can a King who has so many wives write a book celebrating sexuality in a committed relationship? This short introduction considers some of the issues.