Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the young men.
Song of Solomon 2:3
First off, I’d like to point out that I finished reading Mark in my Bible Study and have moved on to the Song of Solomon, sometimes called the Song of Songs. This is one of my favorite books of the Bible because it contains material you would never expect to make it into God’s Word. Turns out God’s all about sex, and that’s what Song of Solomon is about. Now, two stories:
When I was in High School, I took a Bible class called Apologetics. At the beginning of each class, the teacher – who had the most magnificient, well-trained, deep voice – read from a book of the Bible of our choosing. One clever student suggested that we read Song of Solomon, and to our amazement he readily agreed. Then he proceeded to force one girl per day to read the Beloved’s part, while he read the Lover’s part. I tell you, every time we girls kept our heads down low when it came time to choose who read the Beloved’s part; and I know that when I came up, boy did my ears burn. The Lover says some pretty hot stuff to his Beloved!
The other story has nothing to do with being embarrased by sex in the Bible. It happened a few weeks ago at First Alliance. After a particularly startling service, Ian and I milled around waiting for our ride home. While waiting, a woman came up to us and we had this conversation:
Woman: How are you today?
Everybody: [Smile awkwardly]
Us: How are you today?
Woman: [Smiles genuinely] I’m doing great — I have lots of toothpaste!
She then showed us a handful of toothpaste containers. Then she walked away.