Back from the Honeymoon

Song of Solomon 8:5–9 (NKJV)

A RELATIVE

5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?

I awakened you under the apple tree.
There your mother brought you forth;
There she who bore you brought you forth.

THE SHULAMITE TO HER BELOVED

6 Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.

THE SHULAMITE’S BROTHERS

8 We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
In the day when she is spoken for?
9 If she is a wall,
We will build upon her
A battlement of silver;
And if she is a door,
We will enclose her
With boards of cedar.

Upon the newlywed couples’ return from their honeymoon, a relative sees them in the distance and celebrates the Shulamite’s birth and her coming of age.  She then speaks of the commitment they have made to one another by asking her Beloved to “set me as a seal upon your heart….”  Love is strong, unquenchable, beyond worth.  She is enamored with her husband and celebrates their commitment to one another.  The Shulamite’s brothers are then quoted as bemoaning her lack of feminine development, remembering her with no breasts.  This is likely an aside, spoken from a previous time when she was younger.  Perhaps they are reminiscing on a time when they wanted to help her be more attractive so as to find love.  In tomorrow’s blog, you will see her response.

Upon receiving Jesus Christ as one’s Savior, the flood of love and forgiveness is nearly overwhelming.  The joy is powerful!  But that joy is only lasting when coupled with commitment.  After the honeymoon, the initial giddiness of marriage can fade slightly.  The couple settles into a new routine and can see the marital excitement diminish.  That is when commitment takes over.  The seal of marriage is a bond that is designed by God to be lifelong.  Solomon and the Shulamite have entered into a covenant to be married for life.  That commitment is meaningful on many levels: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  If you are a married couple, be committed all your days and set the seal of your love on one another.  That is not to say that marital joy, spontaneity, and excitement don’t last.  It just means that when they are not as strong, commitment must be stronger.  Just like the Song of Solomon describes the commitment between Solomon and the Shulamite, it also describes the nature of the relationship between Christ and His church.  Be His bride.  Be committed for life!

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