My Fair Love

Song of Solomon 1:13–17 (NKJV)

13 A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me,
That lies all night between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms
In the vineyards of En Gedi.

THE BELOVED

15 Behold, you are fair, my love!
Behold, you are fair!
You have dove’s eyes.

THE SHULAMITE

16 Behold, you are handsome, my beloved!
Yes, pleasant!
Also our bed is green.
17 The beams of our houses are cedar,
And our rafters of fir.

The Shulamite describes her beloved as a bundle of myrrh and a cluster of henna blooms, speaking of his pleasant scent and overall pleasantness.  He responds to her by telling her how fair she is, with dove’s eyes.  Finally, she speaks of how handsome he is, and how they will have a strong and beautiful home together.

This love exchange is a romantic discussion that speaks to young love and attraction.  This is a common dance seen with many young couples in love.  They cannot stop complimenting each other and speaking of each other’s nice looks and their favorite features.

While this seems like so much everyday love story material, it is a very powerful analogy of the excitement of a new convert upon meeting Jesus Christ as Savior.  The thrill of knowing the greatest Lover of our Souls makes many new converts downright bubbly.  Perhaps believers should remember that post-conversion giddiness and go back and make an effort to fall in love with Him again.  He’s worth it!

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