The Song Of Solomon 2.16-17

Are these perhaps the best known verses in The Song Of Solomon? Charles Spurgeon preached eight sermons on these two verses alone!

My lover is mine and I am his;

he grazes among the lilies.

Until the dawn arrives and the shadows flee,

turn, my beloved—

be like a gazelle or a young stag

on the mountain gorges.”(The Song Of Solomon 2.16-17,  NET)

The lover continues her dream-like wishes of 2.8-15 and again stresses the mutuality of their relationship (1.8, 12-15, for example). She affirms that

My lover is mine and I am his…”

The strongest relationships are those wherein both parties are fully committed to one another (My lover is mine and I am his) and where adversity doesn’t adversely affect the connection (v.17b).

If you are at a point in your life where you are entering into romantic relationships, I would encourage you to see the benefits here of a mutual commitment and the praise it receives (v.16). One partner being so much more invested than the other rarely works out well. I would encourage you to also see that problems and issues and adversity, in the right relationship, are there to be overcome and not fled from (v.17).

It takes a strong person to remove themselves from a relationship where this is not the experienced truth, and a strong person not to settle for anything less.

Many have likened this short passage, allegorically, to the relationship between the believer the the Lord Jesus. Yes, there is a truth there that Jesus is just as committed to you (perhaps even more so) than you are to Him, but the plain and simple message here is one of a relationship where there are mutual commitments that overcome barriers.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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