Song of Solomon 8: What Love Is
We have come to the final chapter of the Song of Solomon. In chapter 8, we see the words of the wife, and she comes out with this explanation of the power of love.
Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
Son 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
It is interesting in verse six that she says that love is as strong as death. In fact, love is the only thing that can conquer death. We know what love is because Jesus Christ conquered death.
1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
We would not have been able to triumph over death without the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. On our own, we were stuck in death. Love made the difference.
I don’t know about you, but as we have been looking through relationships in this book, it has made me think about the relationship we have with Jesus Christ who loves us as much as anyone possibly could. We have been taking this book more literally as a book about human relationships and marriage, and those are very important.
However, as important as they are, we cannot forget that our relationship with God is the one that rises above the rest. He is the one who told us what love is, and as a result, we need to show that love to our spouses, friends, family or really whoever we end up talking to every day.