Come Away

Song of Solomon 2:8–13 (NKJV)

THE SHULAMITE

8 The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows,
Gazing through the lattice.

10 My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
11 For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!

The Shulamite opens this passage by describing the details of her lover coming to woo her.  She compares him to a deer or gazelle, virile and strong, leaping over the mountains.  This is her way of pointing out his youth and strength, her lover’s virility.  She describes him as seeking her out, looking through windows and calling to her.  It is springtime, and the flowers are blooming and birds are singing.  This is a beautiful picture.  He calls to her to come away with him.

This is a beautiful analogy of the Savior, Jesus Christ, calling to those He wishes to have as part of His bride.  Jesus is the strong, powerful Savior who rescues those who believe in Him will be saved.  Winter is past, and the rain is over.  Spring is here, and the time is always right to enter into relationship with Him!

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