(The Song of Solomon)
While it is important not to allegorize this book, there is a clear sense of looking both forward and back. This is Solomon’s pursuit of a young lady, but the purity with which this pursuit is done is a model for all Christians today. In addition, it points back to the purity of the marriage pursuit of Adam and Eve in the garden before the fall and it points forward to give us a picture of our Savior pursuing his bride, the church.
Yet, there is something else worth noting about the setting of this book. This book describes a hidden garden where the maiden works. The garden is a safe place, a place where these pursuits can take place without fear or threat. Our homes need to exhibit that same sense of safety. They need to be a place where husbands and wives can come together with joy and pleasure, knowing that they will not face the kind of the scrutiny that the world gives out. And it needs to be a place of safety where children can retreat to and find comfort and hope therein when the world seems to hate them. It must be a place of building up, not tearing down.
Is that how our spouse would describe our home? How about our children? If not, then there is cultivating to be done.