The Bailey Drink

ALLUREMENT OF THE LORD

Song 5:1 ¶ I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;

I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;

I have drunk my wine with my milk.

Eat, O friends!

Drink, yes, drink deeply,

O beloved ones!

The Lord doesn’t get embarrassed and He is certainly not shy. He made the most intimate human relationship, marriage itself, as a picture of our call to intimacy with Himself. The entire Song of Solomon is about spiritual allurement, God is comparing our attraction to Him to the sexual attraction of Solomon and the Shulamite. This Song compares the enjoyment found in a holy sexual, relationship to the joy and intimacy we find in Christ. There is no greater natural pleasure for a human, and the Lord has the audacity to use sexuality as a picture of the spiritual joy we find in Christ.

He also compares feasting and the enjoyment of food to spiritual pleasure. He encourages us to eat as much as we want, obviously there is no benefit to moderation when it comes to feasting on God. He also drags drinking of wine into the formula, He speaks of being drunk with love and taking his bride to the house of wine. This would be scandalous if not for the spiritual application. Jonathan Edwards preached often from the Song of Solomon, check out his thoughts on spiritual indulgence.
“to be endeavoring by all possible ways to inflame their desires and to obtain more spiritual pleasures. . . . Our hungerings and thirstings after God and Jesus Christ and after holiness can’t be too great for the value of these things, for they are things of infinite value…[Therefore] endeavor to promote spiritual appetites by laying yourself in the way of allurement…There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting”
In this quote Edwards gives us the key to staying out of temptation. He said we are to put ourself in the place of spiritual allurement. That’s it! The power of sin is in the promise of pleasure, that is why sin has such power over humans, it is often quite pleasurable. So what is the answer? Not abstention from pleasure but the outright pursuit of pleasure with one stipulation; we find our pleasure in the greatest place, we find our pleasure in the Lord.

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