Sometimes love makes a mistake

Song of Solomon Bible Background

09.22.2016 – Old Testament: Song 5.2–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 4–5 on September 22, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Love wants to be with the object of its love, but sometimes it seems inconvenient, so we miss a precious opportunity to be together,

I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks with the drops of the night.”
I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile them?
My beloved put his hand
By the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.
(Song 5.2–5) 

She slept, but did she also dream, or was she groggy? She awoke because she heard her beloved knocking and speaking. However, she turned him down. Was it bad timing? Was it just that she was not completely awake? Was it merely a matter of inconvenience? Why did she not want to get up and let him in?

She had already prepared herself for bed. She either treasured her convenience over his love, or she did not realize what her words would do to him. What happened when he put his hand on the latch of the door? He was hoping that he could still come in, and suddenly she yearned for him more than for her own comfort. She decided to put on her robe, defiling her feet, and she put her hands upon the lock, knowing that his hand was just on the other side.

Questions:

  • What does marital love do to the heart?

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