Sermon: The Beauty and Blessings of the Christian Bedroom Song of Solomon 4:1–5:1 -- By: Daniel L. Akin

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 06:1 (Spring 2002)
Article: Sermon: The Beauty and Blessings of the Christian Bedroom Song of Solomon 4:1–5:1
Author: Daniel L. Akin


Sermon: The Beauty and Blessings of the Christian Bedroom1
Song of Solomon 4:1–5:1

Daniel L. Akin

Daniel L. Akin is Vice President and Dean and professor of preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin has served as dean since 1996 and has also served on the faculty of Southeastern Seminary and Criswell College. He has an extensive speaking ministry, especially on the topic of marriage and family, and is the author of the commentary on 1-3 John in the New American Commentary series.

Introduction

In an article entitled, “What They Didn’t Teach You About Sex in Sunday School,” Peggy Fletcher Stack writes, “Many people assume the Bible has just one message about sex: Don’t do it.”2 Well, let me simply respond by saying that anyone who says that obviously has not read the Bible. God, in his Word, has a lot to say about sex and much of it is good.

Sex as God designed it is good, exciting, intoxicating, powerful, living, and unifying. Though the Bible is not a book on sex, it does contain a complete theology of sexuality: the purposes for sex, warnings against its misuse, and a beautiful picture of ideal physical intimacy as set forth in the Song of Solomon. The “oneflesh” relationship (cf. Gen 2:24) is the most intense, physical intimacy and the deepest, spiritual unity possible between a husband and wife. God always approves of this relationship (cf. Prov 5:21) in which husband and wife meet each other’s physical needs in sexual intercourse (cf. Prov 5:15, 18, 19). Paul indicates that sexual adjustment in marriage can affect the Christian life, especially prayer (cf. 1 Cor 7:5). Both husband and wife have definite and equal sexual needs that are to be met in marriage (1 Cor 7:3), and each is to meet the needs of the other and not his own (Phil 2:3–5). God gave us the good gift of sex for several important reasons. These purposes include: (1) knowledge (cf. Gen 4:1); (2) intimate oneness (Gen 2:24); (3) comfort (Gen 24:67); (4) the creation of life (Gen 1:28); (5) play and pleasure (Song 2:8–17; 4:1–16), and (6) avoiding temptation (You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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