8:5-7 – Love, Jealousy, Death
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 8:5-7
‘Leaning on her lover’
You have probably seen this where the girl is walking with her arm around the guy, leaning over against him. If he wasn’t there to hold her up she would simply fall down. She is totally in love, totally trusting the guy.
The next part of the verse could have lots of hidden meaning and symbolism. But don’t miss the obvious. She is saying that she got him hot and had sex with him under an apple tree. She says he was given birth by his mom under an apple tree. Sounds strange. But Solomon’s mother wasn’t bashful when it came to her body. King David noticed her while she was taking a bath. She was on her roof top and he was on his roof top. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt – just because we go to hospitals to give birth doesn’t mean his mom couldn’t have done it this way. At least we have this. We know she planned on having sex with him and she did have sex. She is acting like she is deeply in love.
She asks to be like a seal on his arm and over his heart. Make me the one person that everyone knows is with you. Love is very strong – as strong as death. The jealousy that comes with it is unyielding. It is as strong as a mighty flame. Like a fire it can sweep over everything in its path. A fire in the fireplace on a cold night can be great. That same fire if it spills out into the room and starts burning the furniture and drapes is very negative. If love is controlled within boundaries good things happen. If it is outside of boundaries and out of control bad things happen.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 8:8-12.