Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
The Shulamite wife has persuaded her husband to go back to the field where they met. This is his field and the harvest of this field would be his harvest. He agrees to go, but as they approach he mind imagines several other handsome shepherds who may have at another time caught her eye. Solomon shares his burning desire to be her one and only. As it says in Song of Solomon 8:6 “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” It was customary in those days for a bride of that region to carry a mark known as a seal on their arm or breast. A small puncture filled rubbed over with a blue powder that left a permanent mark. Solomon says to his bride, I want you to be only faithful to me. Only me.
When we see Solomon as a picture of Christ, we can hear Paul say to the church in 2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” God Himself said in the ten commandments in Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” He has sealed us until the day of redemption with His Holy Spirit and says, Me, Only Me. No one else.
The Shulamite assures Solomon in vs 7 that her heart is knit to only to him. She says; if a man gave all he had for love, it wouldn’t change her heart. Jesus said in Matt. 22:37 “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
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