Arise my Love, my beautiful one, and come away
For behold the winter is past, the rain is over and gone
The flowers appear on the earth
The time of singing has come
Oh my dove, let me see your face
Let me hear your voice
Your voice is sweet, your face is lovely
Song of Songs 2:10-13
My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
Bible Study: (written by Colin Grey 2015)
The song takes its words from the book in the Bible called the Song of Songs or the Song of Solomon. The book itself is a long romantic poem probably written by Solomon to Abishag the Shulamite (1 Kings 1:15, Song 6:13). Certainly the man in the poem is rich and the woman poor.
In the Bible we see the picture of marriage used time and time again. At the beginning it was Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:25) and at the end in Revelation – the Church (the bride) and Jesus Christ (the bridegroom) – Revelation 21:2. There are many scriptures that allude to the marriage ancient process. As part of an ancient Jewish betrothal process, once the girl had accepted the proposal from the boy they were legally married. This is why Joseph had to divorce Mary even though they had not had sex yet (Matthew 1:18-21). However the marriage was not consummated for some time – in fact they would not even see each other until several things had taken place. The boy had to earn enough money so that when they could live together for a year without him (or her) having to work (Deut 24:5). He would go and prepare a room (at least) for her (John 14:2), probably by extending his father’s house. Only when the boy’s father was satisfied with the boy’s work would he allow the boy to go and collect his bride (John 14:3) This means the boy would not know the day of his wedding, only his father would know (Mark 13:32). The boy collecting his bride would normally be done at night, quietly at first (like a thief in the night) but then with a trumpet blast (Matthew 24:31) and a cry that the bridegroom is coming (Matthew 25:6) to announce his arrival. Just imagine the anticipation that the bride would have when she saw the one she loved for the first time in maybe a year. He may well have said to her “Arise my love, my fair one, and come away with me” because he would take her back to his father’s house to celebrate the wedding where there would be a time of feasting and singing. It is all so romantic.
We, as part of the betrothed bride of Christ, eagerly await the arrival of the bridegroom. Let us make sure we are expecting the call, ready with oil (representing the Holy Spirit) in our lamps (Matthew 25:1-13) awaiting the voice of the bridegroom calling us to come away with Him.