Strong Sexual Desire
Moving on down (no pun intended) to verse 9 we read
"I have compared thee, O my love,
to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh.”
Song of Solomon 1:9 NIV.
This is an unusual expression seeing as chariots were not drawn by mares, but by stallions. Why the change? Because mares excite stallions and this is a powerful ancient sexual symbol. He is telling her, without shame or embarrassment, that she has excited him with her sex appeal. It is difficult to focus on anything else. He is not just hard, he is hard for her. He is her stallion.
But he is not the only one really turned on and ready for action. In Verse 12 things get really heated up. The woman, in the full heat of sexual arousal, says,
"While the king is at his table,
my spikenard sends forth its fragrance."
Song of Solomon 1:12 NKJV
When the husband smelled
the fragrance of spiknard
he could tell his wife was ready
- wet, warm, and willing.
In ancient days women would perfume their sexual parts. She was giving off so much heat that it caused the smell of her spikenard to fill the air. When the husband smelled the fragrance he would tell his wife was ready - wet, warm, and willing.
“Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!
Also our bed is green."
Song of Solomon 1:16 NKJV
They were inflamed with passion for each other and there is something about strong sexual stimulation that can make a person both amorous and adventuresome, so much so that these two made love outdoors on the grass. Hey, it is nice to find new and exciting places to make love!
Expressions such as: "I am sick of love," "Thou hast ravished my heart," "How pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!" are clear enough to openly show us that this is a book about sexual delight and deliberately arousing passion. The more clearly you read it the more you realize that it is chock full of sexual references. Most people don’t fully understand this because it is in a discrete, symbolic style. But for those in ancient times who knew how to read it, it had to cause many a joyful moment, both privately and with one’s spouse. It would be very hard not to be aroused by such graphic sexual imagery.
Seed of Copulation
And the Song of Solomon is not the only place where sexuality is spoken of in such allegorical terms. Genesis 1:28 refers to reproduction as being “fruitful,” Genesis 30:2 calls children the “fruit” of the womb, and in Leviticus 15:16 - 18 (KJV) semen is called “seed.”
"And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even. And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even. The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.”
The Bible is saying that whether through masturbation or the act of marriage, if “seed” is ejaculated, the man is unclean until evening and needs to take a bath. No sin offering expected because there was no sin involved.
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Christians, Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.