His Banner Over Me is Love

Song of Solomon 2:1–7 (NKJV)

2 I am the rose of Sharon,
And the lily of the valleys.

THE BELOVED

2 Like a lily among thorns,
So is my love among the daughters.

THE SHULAMITE

3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet to my taste.

THE SHULAMITE TO THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins,
Refresh me with apples,
For I am lovesick.

6 His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
7 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

This couple continues their love banter, describing each other in terms of beautiful flowers, a truly sappy, but beautifully romantic exchange.  She describes herself as a rose and a lily.  The Beloved responds by affirming that she is a lily among thorns.  This is the highest praise, describing her as far more excellent than others.  The Shulamite describes him as an apple tree among others, with great shade and sweet fruit.  She goes on to describe a date with him, where he gave her a great banquet.  She described his embrace, and then warns the daughters of Jerusalem not to awaken love before its time.

The famous passage concerning the banqueting house tells that “his banner over me was love.”  Songs have been written about this passage, and it signifies his covering or claiming her as his love.  This is an image of Jesus covering His bride with His love, feasting with us at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  What a great moment that will be!  One last thing that the Shulamite says is that no one should awaken love before its time.  This is a warning against those who date allowing themselves to be caught up sexually before the time of their wedding.  Be holy, be chaste, be righteous.  The sanctity of marriage is sacred.  Keep yourself until then.

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