Saturday, October 29, 2011

Song of Solomon 6:11 - 8:4: Fruits of Recognized Union

LINK: Song of Solomon 6-8

BACKGROUND

The couple is reconciled and their love is flourishing like a fruitful spring orchard.

Song of Solomon 6:12 can be confusing. The best translation would be, “I became enraptured, for you placed me on the chariots of the people of the prince" (The Bible Knowledge Commentary 1:1022). In other words, she was full of joy because of his words of praise. The people begged this Shulammite to stay. The Hebrew word "Shulammite" is the feminine form of the name Solomon! It speaks to me of their oneness!

Throughout the rest of this section, we see the maturing of the couple's marriage with bolder images that express an increase in sexual freedom that is healthy for any marriage. In 7:1-10, the husband takes the initiative in lovemaking. In 7:11-13, the woman does. They have a healthy and intimate union.

The image of spring is used at the beginning and end of this section. It is the universal symbol for love. We see that their union has developed into fruitful mature love.

REFLECTION from Union and Communion

Section 5: FRUITS OF RECOGNIZED UNION

APPLICATION

Enjoy abiding and unbroken communion with your bridegroom, Christ, as you meditate on John 15 today!

PRAYER

Lord, we want unbroken communion. Help us to abide in You 24/7/365. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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