Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—
2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
I come into my garden, my sister bride; I pluck my myrrh with my spice; I eat my honey of the forest with my honey; I drink my wine with my milk; eat, O friends; drink and intoxicate, O beloved. 2
THE WOMAN QUOTES THE MAN
I sleep, but my heart wakens; the voice of my beloved knocks, Open to me, my sister, my friend, my dove, my integrious; for my head fills with dewdrops – my locks with the dewdrops of the night. 3 I strip my coat; how enrobe I? I wash my feet; how foul I? 4
THE WOMAN SPEAKS FOR HERSELF
My beloved spreads his hand by the hole and my inwards roar for him. 5 I rise to open to my beloved; my hands drip myrrh – my fingers with myrrh; it passes on the palms of the lock. 6 I open to my beloved; but my beloved withdraws; he passes on; my soul fails when he words: I seek him, but I find him not; I call him, but he answers not.
— Song of Solomon 5 (exeGeses Companion Bible)
God is holy. But he’s no moralistic Puritan.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
~ 1 John 4:16-18
Rom 8:32 – He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
2 Cor. 8:9 – For you know the grace our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake became poor, so that you through his poverty might be rich.
God gives us more leeway than He gave His own Son.
Jesus’ mission wasn’t to get married, enjoy marital intimacy, or to raise children.
We’re called to Christlikeness, though that’s a goal we can’t perfectly attain. Christ and the Church have different paths with one end goal: God’s glory.
Christ’s atonement on the Cross secured not only our salvation but also our joy, wellbeing and fulfillment, even sexually (John 10:10).
God gives us the freedom to enjoy Couples Nursing, but unfortunately, some self-punishing Christians have gotten things twisted. A famous preacher said “God doesn’t care about your happiness, he cares about your soul.” Is that in the Bible? Another quote I read online stated: “Jesus was around hostile people, so I don’t need to be around people like me.” But Jesus also surrounded Himself with disciples, of whom He had 3 favorites. Still, we’re not Jesus. He had direct access to God and was perfectly able to tune out the sinful distractions you and I wrestle with. That’s why we need intimacy and accountability. Jesus didn’t need His disciples to hold Him accountable. The opposite was true.
Surrounding yourself with friends is actually the expectation. It glorifies God.
And surrounding yourself with your wife’s comforting lactating abundance, or husband’s suckling warmth was the expectation in Solomon’s day. It also glorifies God.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
— Isaiah 53:10
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
~ 1 John 4:7-8
“Yahweh said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it with a stylus of a man”
— Isaiah 8:1
God is holy. But he’s no moralistic Puritan.