Will you kindle the fire of love to burn so hot that it cannot be quenched? God has set the stage for you – laid the table of love for you to eat to your fill. The fire of love burns hot – so hot it cannot be quenched even by many waters. Come away with your beloved and feast!
3 His left arm is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
10 I am a wall,
and my breasts are like towers.
Thus I have become in his eyes
like one bringing contentment.
11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon;
he let out his vineyard to tenants.
Each was to bring for its fruit
a thousand shekels of silver.
12 But my own vineyard is mine to give;
the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon,
and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.
13 You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
14 Come away, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.
Song of Solomon 8:3-4, 6-7, 10-14
We are coming to the end of the Song, and we see here that as they exchange their final words of affection with each other, loving poetry flowing as they express their desire for each other…
His arm is cradling her head as she stops to warn the young women one more time to, “not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Our bride has repeated this caution more than once: it is difficult, if not impossible, to put love back in the bottle once you release it. The world would have us believe love is to give away early and often, yet as God designed it in us, his commands regarding expressing love are rooted in his wisdom and holiness.
Their love and her commitment, she offers to him to place like a seal over his heart. A seal is permanent: it commits the one whose ring imprints the wax. Love is as strong as death, permanent in its effect, creating a jealousy which is unyielding. The fire of love burns hot – so hot it cannot be quenched even by many waters. This is not a love that is cheap or fleeting which is given and then taken back. Do not arouse it too soon…
Our bride is ready to awaken her love. In comparison to a young bride who is adorned with towers of silver, she reveals with pride that her breasts are towers adorned for her husband. She will bring him contentment in his eyes as he is drawn to her through the windows of his heart. She offers her vineyard to him, and its fruit for him to enjoy.
Come away with me, my beloved, she offers. Be like a stag on the spice-laden mountains. He will not able to resist her offer. She is vivid with her language and this is exactly what he wants to hear from his bride.
They will celebrate their love and life-long commitment together. Will you? Will you kindle that fire of love so that it burns so hot that it cannot be quenched? God has set the stage for you – laid the table of love for you to eat to your fill.
Come away… celebrate with your beloved.