I have a general complaint about the way that some preachers approach preaching on the Song of Solomon. The content of the Song is sometimes cited as the Bible’s permission-slip to deliver salacious sermons about sex. I think this is wrong-headed. The Song of Solomon gives us a poetic depiction of the marital act that is cloaked in symbolic language. Should not preachers exhibit similar discretion when speaking about the marital act? Shouldn’t our speech about sex be more discreet and indirect than it is provocative and explicit? It seems to me that preachers would do well to explain what the Bible says using the same level of discretion that the Bible itself uses.
Jim Hamilton is preaching through the Song at Kenwood Baptist Church right now, and I think his sermon yesterday on Song of Solomon chapter 2 is a model of how it should be done. It’s a fantastic message on a portion of the text that is routinely regarded as one of the “steamier” sections of the book. Even when disagreeing with a popular interpretation of Song of Solomon 2:3, Jim makes no attempt to be more provocative than the text itself actually is.
Having said that, this sermon is helpful not only for how Jim speaks but also for what Jim speaks. The exposition and application are fantastic, and I commend it to you. You can download it here or listen below.