Vs. 1, “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” In order not to lose you…I will try to explain the details of the verses. The Plain of Sharon was famous for its flowers. The young maiden is saying, I am merely a flower of the plain. I am only one among a host of others. But the young shepherd tells her no…you are a lily among thorns (the other girls do not compare). The allusision to the apple is of a more physical desire. The banquet hall is speaking of a celebration of love (wedding) and his banner is his protection & acknowledgement of his love for her. The raisins & apples are once again referring to the physical union of a man & woman in love and in marriage. She desires intimacy and to be close to her love. She admonishes the women to not engage in such a relationship until marriage. She envisions her love coming in a grand fashion over the mountains & over the hills to her with excitement. Spring is near and the harsh winter is almost over. She is excited to see the promise of a beautiful new year. The foxes are speaking of those tough times or people who have caused grief. Interesting that we are reading a love as Valentines Day is right around the corner.
Regarding application…New Hope. Vs. 11-12, “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” In Bette Midler‘s song, The Rose….”Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow…lies the seed that with the Son’s love in the spring becomes a rose.” This reminds me of how not everything is going to be given to us on silver platter. Her love for her future husband was not an easy one. There were times of seperation and tribulation. But she was able to see the promise of a new spring. The promise that though it has been tough, her love will keep her enduring. Once again, we see the picture of Christ & His love to the church. There are times when the season of singing and peace has come even in our own lives. Our retreat is in exactly one week from now and it will be time for the new budding of hope and love!