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Come On, Love!
Bible Passage Song of Songs 2:10-14
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 Kings, Matthew, Song of Songs.

Come On, Love!

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 14, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
10 My beloved spoke to me: “Get up, my darling, my beautiful one, and come on.

11 Look! Winter is past. The rain is over and gone.

12 Blossoms have appeared in the land. The season of songbirds has arrived, and cooing of turtledoves is heard in our land.

13 The fig tree has produced its fruit, the grapevines have blossomed and exude their fragrance. “Get up, my darling, my beautiful one, and come on.

14 My dove, in the hidden places of the rocks, in the secret places of the cliffs, show me your form, and let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your shape is lovely.

 

BACKGROUND
The intellectual and literary abilities of Solomon earned him recognition as one of Israel’s greatest wisdom teachers and songwriters (1 Kings 4:29-34). Not surprisingly, he was traditionally regarded as the author of the collection of love poems known as the Song of Songs, or the Song of Solomon. The book names Solomon as its author and makes reference to the splendour of Solomon and his court (Song of Songs 1:1,5; 3:7-11; 8:11-12 ).

This does not mean, however, that Solomon is the chief character of the book, or that the poems are concerned with him personally. A poet can write about others besides himself.

In some of the poems, all the words may be from one speaker, but in others, they form a dialogue. They may even include the words of additional speakers. Some poems describe actual feelings and events, but others recount dreams. The poems may recall the past, speak of the present or look forward to the future.

Although the passages speak about human love, they also really describe God. Some scholars believe that the song is a parable that describes God. God unchangingly loves us, but we are not always loyal to Him.

Our particular text, chapter 2: 10-14 is where the lady remembers the lover’s words as he invited her to go with him to visit the fields and vineyards, where the dreariness of winter had passed and the new life of spring was bursting out. So the words are the man’s, but being recalled by the lady.

It was a beautiful invitation describing a spring. The man starts with a description of the country at the end of winter. Then he describes the start of spring. And now it is the time when animals mate.

So he is now inviting her to join him. There is work for them to do together. She suggested that she wanted to look after her vineyard. In springtime, the farmers need young workers to look after the vineyards. They have to chase away the foxes. They wanted to be together, work together, and support each other.

God is very great. He does not need our help to do His work. But he chooses to work with us. He gives us responsibilities. And this is a great honour for us (Matthew 25:34-40). God will reward us when we do His work well f(Matthew 25:21).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Partners must love and support each other genuinely and deliberately encourage each other for their mutual benefit

🔷 We must be engaged in God’s work and see it as an honour to do anything in God’s vineyard

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will have a genuine relationship with God
💥 Pray for your wife, husband or partner, that you will have cherished moments that will build you up

CONCLUSION📙
Our relationship with our partners and God must be built on genuine love and affection, with readiness to contribute to the growth of the relationship. When we do that, the relationship will last, and not easily be broken.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections