Probably won’t hear this one in a Sunday morning sermon.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
The “loving deer” and “graceful doe” is probably synonymous with the gazelle referenced in the Song of Solomon. If so, it’d be referring to the dorcas gazelle. As Pastor Ted Vinatieri explains:
The reference is to the dorcus gazelle, an animal about two feet high at the shoulders, and a marvel of lightness, beauty, and grace. The gentle beauty of its eyes was proverbial. The attractiveness of the gazelle invited petting and affectionate touching. One of the most common associations with the gazelle was that it was a delicacy served at Solomon’s table (1 Kings 4:23). They are delicious to eat. As gazelles were warm and affectionate, so was the beloved as a sexual partner.
In other words: cute, petite, and good to eat.
Probably the closest reference we have in our culture is a “sex kitten” or a “bunny.”
Now combine that image with the phrase “always be enraptured” and you get quite a provocative fantasy.
“Be enraptured” (shagah) means to go astray or err; to lose control of oneself as if drunk.
“Always” (tamid) means an unbroken continuity. The word was frequently used to describe offerings that were to be burned or placed continually before the Lord. For example, the showbread that was to be placed on the table before the Lord always (Exodus 25:30), or the lamp that was to continually burn olive oil in the court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:20).
So the man has a cute little “sex kitten” who’s body is available at any time for him to feast upon in a drunken passion of ecstasy.
Most Christians would believe a fantasy like that would only happen in pornography. In fact, they’d say the core problem of pornography is that it portrays this very fantasy. But there it is in the Holy Word of God.
Of course, one can’t simply expect this fantasy to occur on instant demand. It takes work to get there. That’s why I put together a plan.