[Originally published as Two Twin Fawns]
…like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. Song of Solomon 4:5
Normally, I’m not ashamed to quote the Bible. Since I gave my life to Jesus in 1993, I’ve had the regular habit of witnessing to friends, coworkers, door-to-door, and street preaching at crowded University of Georgia football games. Because of what Jesus has done for me, I am not ashamed of the gospel.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. Romans 1:16
However, there is one book of the Bible I may be a bit ashamed to openly declare. Not because I fear reproach, but because it makes me a little bashful! The Song of Solomon is a beautiful book of poetry describing the exchanges between two young lovers. There is enough poetic romance there to make anyone blush! But through this wonderful poem, God expresses His love for His creation.
God’s Love of Creation…
God’s love for His creation is revealed in the poem’s expression of the beauty of nature; in the turning of the seasons which inspired these young lovers.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (2:10-13)
In describing each other, the young lovers also draw upon the beauty found in the animals God created:
- “thou hast doves’ eyes…” (1:15);
- “…my beloved is like a roe or a young hart…” (2:8-9);
- “…his locks are black as a raven…” (5:11).
But I will leave it up to you to look up the “twin fawn” reference yourself (4:4-6), lest my face turn red!
Revelation 4:11 …for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
It is clear that God loves His creation, and His intent is that we enjoy it as well. Yes, it is true, as Christians, we are not living for this world, but the next. But while here, God wants us to enjoy and appreciate the beauty that is found here, and to give glory to our Creator.