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5. The Intimacy of Love (Song of Songs 4:1-5:1)

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A young couple grows closer together over time. They learn one another’s interests and language by spending time together. They become students of one another and pursue one another. They learn to compromise and sacrifice their own wants for one another’s. They resolve conflict early and often and exercise restraint and self-control in the face of physical temptations and sexual impulses. They seal their relationship by celebrating a luxurious, fairytale wedding where they covenant to love one another unconditionally before hundreds of witnesses. Finally, at last, having waited for this moment for years, the two lovers consummate their marriage in the most intimate physical act God created two people to enjoy. The Bible takes us into the bedroom for this private experience, the first of hundreds of intimate sexual encounters shared between these two people in love.

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