The Bridal Seal of Mature Love
The Bride has come to a place of maturity in her walk with the Lord. She knows who she is and who she belongs to. The theme of Song of Solomon 8:5-7 is God’s commitment to supernaturally seal our hearts with His fiery love.
Jesus calls us to invite Him to come to us as the Jealous Bridegroom.
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. (Songs 8:6)
When we ask Jesus to come and seal our hearts with His love, He gives us the grace to walk it out. He will never leave us nor forsake us in our wholehearted pursuit of Him. God’s love in us is stronger than death and He will not allow any areas of darkness to escape it’s grasp. His love is as “cruel as the grave” or as demanding as death. Jesus is the Jealous Bridegroom God and will not relent in His pursuit of us until He has all of our heart.
God’s seal on our hearts is a flame of fire that cannot be quenched.
Many waters (sin, pressures) cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. (Song 8:7)
In ancient times, kings would put a “seal of wax” on important documents. These documents were protected and authenticated by a royal seal. The wax seal spoke of the king’s ownership, protection and authority and was the king’s guarantee, backed up by all of the power of his kingdom.
Water always puts out fire (unless it is the supernatural fire of God). The enemy sends the waters of temptation, apathy, disappointment, pain, etc. to attempt to put this fire out. But God’s love in our hearts is more powerful than the dark floods of sin and temptation.
We set Jesus as the seal on our hearts by inviting His presence.
Jesus calls to us to set Him as s seal on our hearts. He urges us to cry out to know Him as the God of all consuming love. He will never force us into a relationship of voluntary love, but will wait until we invite Him into matters of the heart. God desires intimate partnership. He will not do our part, and we cannot do His part. We set Jesus as the seal upon our heart by “putting on the Lord Jesus” (Rom. 13:14) or “by putting on the new man” (Eph. 4:24)
The reward of love is found in possessing the ability to love.
We are the only ones who can give God all of our love. He will never force us to love Him. Our voluntary love and cooperation with the Holy Spirit’s work in our life is our gift to God. The highest reward of true love is found in possessing the love itself. When we are tempted to quit, the obstacle in our path is that we love God. God is raising up a people who will run the race with endurance and not quit.
The End-Time Church will be victorious in love.
Who is this coming up (victory) from the wilderness (testing), leaning upon her Beloved?
I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth…(Song 8:5)
This has got to be one of my favorite verses in the entire Song. I can just imagine myself, coming up out of my wilderness and times of testing, leaning on my Beloved Jesus. It is He who has given me the strength for this journey. The Bride is leaning on her Beloved empowered by love and gratitude. She will be victorious in the end, as she has learned how to both lean and to love. The Spirit speaks prophetically here as He declares the Bride’s victory in the End-Times as she “comes up” in victory in times of testing, temptations and difficulties in the wilderness in this fallen world.
We may go through wilderness seasons and times of testing, but we will be victorious in the end!
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