Song of Solomon 8:1-7
Let’s begin with a little worship–this song is the first thing I thought of while reading today’s Bible plan: The amazingly undeserved jealousy God has for us.
Let’s talk about the verses a little out of order.
Song of Solomon 8:6 says, “Place me like a seal over your heart,/like a seal on your arm;/for love is as strong as death,/its jealousy unyielding as the grave./It burns like a blazing fire,/like a mighty flame.” I added the emphasis via italics.
Let’s take a look at Songs of Solomon again. This is authored by Solomon and tells the story of courtship, marriage, and lovers. It is a passionate book describing the goodness and gift of marriage–as well as the intimate details that some Christians shy away from.
Some also see it as a description of Christ and the church.
The passion in Song of Solomon, the love in this book, can depict the love of Christ. In a book I read called Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul the author, Stasi Eldredge, talks about accepting Christ as our lover–allowing Christ to court, woo, and love us; just like the lover in Songs of Solomon.
How many have ever experienced or witnessed a jealous lover? If we have experienced the tainted human version of a jealous lover imagine how much mightier and righteous the jealousy of God is for those He loves and created.
Furthermore, in James 4 we see James calling our attentions to the battle of falling into the pleasures of the world. He blatantly says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4). Agains we see the language of a lover with “adulterous” and we are reminded that God harbors a righteous jealousy for us that we can only compare to that of a good lover. We cannot be friends with the world and stay faithful to Him.
Please remember, when we speak about God’s jealousy it is not in the unhealthy form that many have experienced on this side of heaven from people. The jealousy of God is pure, righteous, and more than we could possibly imagine.
He wants us.
He chases us.
All of us. We see this when James warns us against judging our neighbor in James 4:11-12 which says, “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?” This is akin to Matthew 7:1-3, isn’t it?
Every person is created in God’s image and thus has extreme value, like Pastor Craig talked about on Sunday. Do you not see that just as Jesus has died for you and your sins He died for the world’s sin as well? So that whoever accepts Jesus as Savior may take that righteousness.
Let us remember Christ’s crucifixion as the Prophet Isaiah spoke about it, well before the Gospels were written, when he says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
God was so jealous for us, to have us as His and His alone, that he sent His only beloved son (John 3:16).
The Bible is filled with God’s desire to have us as His–which is mind blowing.
The Lord Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth, wants us. And He is willing to do whatever He has to do for us to choose to be His.
What a wonderful and awe-inspiring reality we live in where this is the Truth!