Anticipation

Song of Solomon 5:1–5 (NKJV)

THE BELOVED

5:1 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.

(TO HIS FRIENDS)

Eat, O friends!
Drink, yes, drink deeply,
O beloved ones!

THE SHULAMITE

2 I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks with the drops of the night.”

3 I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile them?
4 My beloved put his hand
By the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.

In this passage, Solomon describes his actions leading up to being with his wife. He gathers spices, eaten honey, and drunk wine with milk.   He is celebrating and preparing to go in to his wife while his guests continue to celebrate their recent marriage.  He even encourages his friends to eat and drink deeply, but he leaves them.

The Shulamite describes his coming to her room and knocking on her door, asking her to let him in.  He is covered with the dew of the night, has taken off his robe, and washed his feet.  He put his hand on the latch, and she “yearned for him.”  When she arose to open the door, she was also covered with spices and was perfumed for his arrival.

This anticipatory moment is a beautiful analogy for the bride (the church) as she waits for her beloved (Jesus) to come.  We eagerly anticipate our Savior coming to receive us unto Himself.  The young lovers, now married, are ready to become man and wife in this story, and they have prepared themselves for this wonderful night.  In the same way, let us prepare ourselves and stay prepared for the return of the Lord one day to take His church home!

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