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Summary: This is the 17th sermon in a series of messages from this book of the Bible that is seldom used in our churches. It gives us better understanding of the messages God wanted us to see.

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The Song of Solomon 17

Song of Solomon 8:5-7

5 A RELATIVE

Who is this coming up from the wilderness,

Leaning upon her beloved?

I awakened you under the apple tree.

There your mother brought you forth;

There she who bore you brought you forth.

6THE SHULAMITE TO HER BELOVED

Set me as a seal upon your heart,

As a seal upon your arm;

For love is as strong as death,

Jealousy as cruel as the grave;

Its flames are flames of fire,

A most vehement flame.

7Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can the floods drown it.

If a man would give for love

All the wealth of his house,

It would be utterly despised.

Last week, we saw that King Solomon

had given his last plea for the Shulamite’s love.

However, the Shulamite girl held her ground to the very end.

Her love could not be swayed away from her shepherd boy.

The Shulamite was able to say "no"

to the many temptations presented to her

by the court-ladies and King Solomon.

Though she had been victimized, she became the victor.

And that teaches us a big lesson:

A negative set of circumstances does not have to defeat us.

We can come out victorious!

The King, convinced at the last that he could not possibly prevail,

was obliged to let her go!

And the Shulamite, in company with her beloved shepherd,

returned to her home.

1. The relatives’ question.

Song 8:5

A RELATIVE

Who is this coming up from the wilderness,

Leaning upon her beloved?

I awakened you under the apple tree.

There your mother brought you forth;

There she who bore you brought you forth.

- A relative of the Shulamite girl speaks.

- The Shulamite returns home from Solomon’s court

- She is walking with her shepherd.

- They are seen by her brothers and their friends.

- What a joyful sight this must have been!

· On their way home, they stopped at the tree

under which they had first met.

And there, they renewed their vows of faithfulness to each other.

* He says, " I awakened you under the apple tree.

It was there, under the apple tree, where they met!

This is where he had won her heart.

There, they were engaged to one another.

This was also the place where her mother gave birth to her.

Though unusual to us, this was not unusual in those days.

2. The couple’s renewal.

Song 8:6-7

6 THE SHULAMITE TO HER BELOVED

Set me as a seal upon your heart,

As a seal upon your arm;

For love is as strong as death,

Jealousy as cruel as the grave;

Its flames are flames of fire,

A most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can the floods drown it.

If a man would give for love

All the wealth of his house,

It would be utterly despised.

· The renewing of their vows was a big thing to them.

She says, " Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm;

This speaks of a ring worn around the neck or on the right hand.

It was equal to an engagement ring.

These two young lovers had made a vow to each other.

· Thus, the phrase, "...for love is as strong as death..."

In other words, love is binding.

These vows were "until death do they part,".

· Her next phrase is interesting,

" Jealousy as cruel as the grave;

Its flames are flames of fire,

A most vehement flame.


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