For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!
The agricultural language in this part of the Song describes the new season. The “Beloved” describes the signs that confirm this change of season. The winter is past and the time for harvest has come. In the winter season most of the earth appears dead and the Shulamite would stay indoors to get out of the cold. In the spring time the earth starts to come to life; the shulamite is able to come outside and work in the vineyards.
There is a season for everything. God wants more than workers, He wants lovers. Or perhaps better said that He wants to govern the earth through intimacy with us; full partnership. We need the “apple tree” seasons (Verses 2:3-5) to establish our hearts in His love. It is from that place of abiding that we express our love back to Him in obedience to His word. Love gives all and withholds nothing. He expressed love for us in laying down His life; and we express our love back to Him in laying down our lives.
The pursuit of our hearts is to grow in love; to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to love our neighbor as ourself. Our mission is to make disciples of all the nations.
The Lord is doing a great work on the earth. From the beginning of history to the age to come is a story of God’s redemption. He desires that we would be in partnership with Him. Jesus is the bridegroom king. As His bride, we are coheirs of the kingdom that is here and is coming. Our partnership with Him does noes not start then, but now.
Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. When He spoke of harvest, He spoke of people. He builds His heavenly kingdom on the earth with people. Jesus came to earth with a mission; to seek and save that which was lost. He calls to us to join Him in this mission.
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Operations Director at Ember