I have come into my garden, my sister, my spouse. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends: Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.~Song of Solomon 5:1 KJV
Multiplication. Some kids relish practicing their times tables. Me? Not so much. By the time I ran out of fingers to count on, I was lost. But there is a multiplication I love, and that is garden multiplication. We see it in Song of Solomon 5:1.
Let’s look at this scene as it’s intended—as a vignette. There are three speaker tags needed for this single verse. In order for this to make sense, let’s identify the speakers. When we do this, we see the garden multiplication I’d like you to notice:
Smack dab in the middle of this love-exchange between you and your Bridegroom Jesus Christ, you and He address the audience, encouraging them to share in the garden delights. You and Beloved speak in tandem, saying, “Eat, O friends.”
This seems an inconvenient place to drop that dialogue. But it is there to emphasize garden multiplication.
Multiplication happens because of the garden exchange of the Bride and Groom. The blessing doesn’t stay between you and He—it affects everyone. Because you and Beloved are communing deeply, so can they. For this reason, it is the perfect place for the message to your friends to be located.
Beloved mentions so many important things that He delights in, but first notice how each noun is connected with another noun (grammatically, in the construct state, where words are dependent on each other). Myrrh is connected with spice; the honeycomb is connected with honey; and wine is connected with milk. This structuring is not accidental. It is to emphasize the unity of the Bridegroom and you, cherished His Bride.
Notice what you say to your Beloved, “Drink, yea, drink abundantly.” Drink is connected with drink abundantly because you are committed to this garden experience. You want it to be as good as possible. Perhaps knowing others will be affected by it helps to seal your desire.
Briefly, as we could examine the bridal exchange for hours—here is what Beloved emphasizes as being important to Him in the garden experience:
- >Myrrh/Spice: Beloved is the suffering High Priest who wears the myrrh; equally He delights in the spices that grow in your garden.
- >Honey/Honeycomb: Beloved doesn’t want to have a sweet relationship; He wants it to be the sweetest possible. He wants the best honey sealed into the honeycomb, which has the richest flavor.
- >Wine/Milk: Beloved is the blood atonement of His Bride represented by the wine, and it gives Him joy to do so. The best wine also produces joy to those who sip of it. Equally, He is set on enjoying milk—the nourishing, calming, and elementary truths needed for spiritual growth. He wants you to partake of both drinks.
When you offer souls to Beloved, He considers it a most treasured gift.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
Love, this dialogue in Song of Solomon 5:1 should fuel our desire to spend quality time with our Bridegroom. As we have our quiet times, let’s read the Bible, study, and pray—but let’s also include garden time. Time to just hang out. With no agenda. Let’s spend time listening to our Bridegroom, coming into His presence, and enjoying our times together. This exchange sets us up for soul discipleship and salvations.
When you offer souls to Beloved, He considers it a most treasured gift. In Song of Solomon 7:11-13 you tell Him that you want to work the vineyards and fields of the village so you can give Him “loves.” Simply stated, this translates as “brides.”
We won’t take earthly possessions with us to Heaven, but we will meet souls whom we’ve won for the King of Glory. How we win souls is to cultivate the garden exchange, where we and our Bridegroom delight in spending time with each other.
Has your garden time with Beloved produced soul salvations?
My Beloved Bridegroom, help me to prioritize our garden times so I can effectively win and disciple souls. These are gifts I am able to give You. I also ask that You cultivate our love, so that I delight in our garden times as much as You. Thank You for our love.
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She has been a member of Word Weavers since 2019.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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