Upon Your “Heart” – Love
The bride recognizes that her nature and his are the same. His heart and her heart were one, having the same love. She was like her Christ, Messiah and king. Solomon was like Christ in his heart and she likened herself to being a seal upon his heart.
So if you were to put wax on his heart the impression his heart would make on the wax was what she was for she says,
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm for Love is…” Solomon’s Song of Songs 8:6
We clearly see in these words that she likens herself to a seal upon his heart. The heart is invisible and she can’t see it but she knows his heart by his words and actions. She knew what was on his mind and in his heart. Her and their/Their moral beauty where written on his heart. He fully knew her and loved both her and her moral beauty which was her holiness consisting in love. God is Love and they both had Love in their hearts.
His heart was a heart of love. Not only love but one of peace as well. Both lovers in the Song where characterized as being the most excellent lovers, possessing the same flame above all other flames in their hearts.
His knowledge of love and her knowledge of love where the same. His heart loved and her heart loved. Both loved. They both experientially knew what love was by doing in to the fullest in marriage.
I want to make a special note that she compares herself to a seal being set upon his heart. Not face, head or body but his heart. The inner most being. The soul of a being. The part of him that bears the image of God.
She was being renewed in her inner being as she beheld the glory of the coming Christ in the face of her husband, for he was the greatest type of Christ alive!
As he loved her she learned what it was like to be loved by the greatest type of Christ alive, for he was the “Chief lover among ten thousand” Song 5:10. Line up 10,000 husbands that love their wife’s and Solomon stood above them all. So the bride knew what it was like to be loved.
She not only knew what it was like to be loved but she knew experientially what it was like to love. Particularly in the category of marriage and giving herself completely to her husband. The bride was selfish once in the Song in 5:2-4 but she learned to give her will over to her husband and not doubt his love, thus both of them manifest a time in their relationship where the curse was reversed for she says,
“I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.” Song 7:10
When the bride says “I am my beloved’s” she is not stating a fact but is actually living it out. Due to love being in her heart she has given herself completely over to him. Therefore she knows what it is like to be loved and she knows what love is by the experience of God’s love via her husband. And oh, how sweet it was!!
She not only knew what it was like to be loved over and over again but she also knew what it was like to love, for she gave herself completely to him. She saw and delighted in him giving himself to her that it was no burden but a delight to give all of herself to him in love.
So now you have her knowing love by experience in receiving and doing. she knew her heart was like his because in her life she was like him, for she loved like he did.
In a heart you have the mind, the seat of emotions and the will or inclination.
Both their minds had the same information in them.
Both had the same emotion in them.
Both had the same motives or inclinations in their will.
Love is an emotion sensed at the seat of the soul, with knowledge of God in the mind and motives to Glorify him as a primary inclination of the will. Love as it has God for its object is the soul’s or hearts sense of the supreme excellency of God’s nature inclining the heart toward God as its chief good. So you have a sense and and inclination based on the object knowledge of Gods character all in the heart.
All three of these together are not separate but are all faculties of the heart where the image of God in man is. So if the heart where to have an image and impress it upon wax the bride would be like a wax seal upon his heart. Like a wax seal upon his mind and thoughts. Like a wax seal upon his feelings. Like a wax seal upon his motives, will, inclinations and desires speaking to the idea of ownership for her will was not her own but perfectly in line with his. Thus the impression is perfect and they are one.
Motives where the same. Her husband obey God out of love to God and she obeyed God out of love to him. Both had the same motive, the glorification of God by fulfillment of the greatest command, love.
Solomon “loved God” and the reason the two became one was because of the superlative characteristics of their “love” 8:6-7 He had a heart of love. Who is he? Jedidiah, God’s beloved son, otherwise known as Solomon. He was Israel’s 3rd Messiah and if I said that in the Greek, then I would say, “Solomon was Israel’s 3rd Christ”. Solomon was a type of Christ. The perfect husband in the Song was a type of Christ. Meaning he was like Christ. and since she was like him who was like the coming Christ she also had the coming Christ’s likeness in her. A main Characteristic of the coming Christ was that of love typified in the fact that all sacrifices must not have any blemish in them.
The bride in the Song describes her majestic husband as “Altogether lovely” Song 5:16 and have a name like perfume poured out and being a “beloved above all other beloved’s” 5:9. These are overall statements describing what her Christ was like. His heart was a heart of love. His love was a superlative power and therefore was “unquenchable” 8:6. A love that was a flame above all other flames, the sweetest most intense flame. And sometime superlatively cruel do to its jealousy. All of these characteristics of love enable the two lovers to deny themselves for the good of the one/One they loved.
If you can just get a glimpse of the beauty and glory of the heart of her husband then you will have a glimpse into the heart of a type of Christ who loved his bride to the point where they were one in every way. The beauty of his heart is its holiness which consists in love and the greatness of it is seen in its unlimited power to unite, make holier and happier forever.
The coming Christ is the image of the invisible God. The image of God. God’s idea of himself. She also had God’s idea of Himself in her heart for she knew what love was and God is love.
Unmeasurable wisdom and as much understand as there is sea on the sand shores belonged to Solomon as a child. God gave it to him in a dream due to his love to God and his people more than riches. Solomon had a heart of wisdom more than any other man.
Other heart moral excellencies.
Humility, delight, peace. The bride was also like him in all of these. But I tend to think that what the bride had in mind is that her heart was like him in the ways in which she goes on to explain the nature of love.
Her heart was like his in strength.
Her heart was like his in love.
Her heart was like his in the sweetness of the experience.
Her heart was like his in purpose.
Her heart was like his in the jealousy that flowed from her love.
Her heart had a flame above all other flames upon it.
The love in her heart was unquenchable.
The love in her heart was priceless.
She loved her husband with all her mind, from the seat of your soul and with all her God given strength.
“Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the Lord.
7 “Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor will rivers overflow it;
If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.” Solomon’s Song of Songs 8:6-7
The point is that as we get a better idea of love wherever it may be, we get an idea of God, thus the closer we get to God and the sweeter the union and communion. In the idea of God who is love is also a communication of God’s nature to our hearts, love is communicated through the idea of it in the mind and sense of it at the seat of the heart, this taste then will incline her to be with him/Him and to enjoy him/Him. It will have benevolence to God and man. It will be glad that he/He is happy. It will incline that He should be glorified, and that his/His will should be done in all things.
True of Solomon and Christ
He is a good and loving king. Sovereign over us. Feeds us.
Kept their promises out of love.
Makes us holy and happy out of love.
Is our Good Shepherd leading us to a sweeter and more intimate relationship with himself/Himself.
Forgave and didn’t keep a record of the sins of their bride.
Loved their bride to the point that they were one.
In these and many many other ways Solomon was like Christ!
True of Jesus Christ’s love to his bride
He displayed love by dying for our sins.
He displayed His love to God in the garden by not falling into temptation.
Jesus displayed His love to God by giving
The Son left perfect fellowship with the Father to display His love.
Died for His enemies.
Gives us faith.
True of God the Father
Sent His Son for our good and His Glory.
I can’t help but keep thinking about “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm” for about 2 months now. The reason is that immediately after she says this she gives us the reason she can say it. “For love is…” Then she explains some of the superlative excellencies of the love for which they share that made her being in his image possible. An its in seeing the effect of their love wherein we behold its superlative power!
Imagine me wanting to illustrate the unquenchable power of love by writing a love poem where two enemies become one. How can two walk together unless their hearts be in agreement? What kind of power is capable of making two hearts that were at enmity with each other to love one another in perfect peace and harmony.
Power has and effect.
The power of love in the Song has an effect on the bridegroom and bride.
The greatest manifestation of the power of love is seen in it ultimate effect, oneness in marriage or the two who were enemies have now become one in love and are heart to heart. She is a woman after his own heart, therefore she can be set as a seal upon it, and as a seal upon his arm.
A complete oneness is not possible unless he gives himself without reserve to her and she completely gives herself to him. When he is hers and his desire is ever for her and she is his then they are one in love. This power to become one is as strong as death and unquenchable in it’s purpose.
If we have any degree of union and sweet communion with God or our spouses it is only due to the superlative power of love that makes it unquenchable and priceless.
Praise God for drawing us all closer to Him by His Everlasting and infinitely powerful, most delightful and irresistible love!
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Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.
I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.
I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.
If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28
I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.
If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.
Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.
About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.
As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.
Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.
I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.
I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.
I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.
I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.
I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.
I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.
California at age 26.
I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.
One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.
By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.
I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."
So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.
After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.
I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.
I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.
I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.
The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.
About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.
I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.
Then this life changing advice came:
A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.
In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.
I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.
About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.
I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.
So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.
I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.
Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.
About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.
Then a mission trip to Croatia.
Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.
About 3 years saved now.
I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.
Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.
I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.
Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.
My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!
I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.
God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.
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