Near the end of The Song of Solomon, two lovers reflect on the excitement, maturity and exclusivity of the marriage relationship…
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Loves flames are fiery flames- the fiercesat of all. Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away.” Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Pay careful attention to a couple of key points in this passage – “set me as a seal upon your heart…”
Am official seal symbolizes ownership. The wife wanted her husband, who was a passionatley committed to her as she was to him, to posses her.
“ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol” – Once buried, a person must remain in the grave.; he or she cannot escape. In the same way, the beloved would never give up her relationship with her husband.
“Loves flames are fiery flames” – In Hebrew, the text indicates a raging inferno, with the suggestion that God Himself had sparked it.
The love that a married couple posseses should never become lukewarm or passive, but on fire! In our text, we see one of the key components of maintaining that passion….exclusivity! The beloved wife wanted to be Solomons exclusive love! Put in todays context and it could easily read, “I don’t want you flirting with other women. I don’t want you lustfully looking at a computer screen. I want to be the sole object of your affection. In turn, Solomon wanted the same kind of exclusivity in his wifes commitment to him.
In what ways can you ensure the same kind of commitment to your spouse? How can we better “set our spouses as a seal on your heart?”
In poetic language and imagery, this couple expresses the finality, the all consuming nature and power of love in the context of exlusivity concerning the marriage relationship. Lets strive to mimic that commitment in our own relationships.
Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle