Have you ever heard the phrase, “My love boils for you?” This stirs imagery of a boiling pot, which is intense, dynamic, and dominant to the point of seeming aboding. And yet, lovers use this terminology often. Why? They know love is a powerful force. It captivates them so well only love is on their agenda.
Let’s compare two verses in Song of Solomon where you, Love, dialogue with your Bridegroom Jesus Christ. We will take a quick look at the Hebrew words to discover just how intense your Bridegroom’s love is for you. The first word is ahabah, referencing human love, which is like a flame, and the second word is dowd, referencing divine love, which is like a boiling pot:
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love (ahabah) is as strong as death. Jealousy as cruel as the grave: its flames thereof are flames of fire, a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love (ahabah), nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love (ahabah) all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.~Song 8:6-7 NKJV
We would think, that with the intense description of love in the verses above, you are describing divine love but this just isn’t so. You are referencing the natural love-force that humans can have with or without God’s influence. The Hebrew word ahabah, is defined as intense human love, including romantic love, or deep friendships. Natural love–ahabah love–is limited in scope. Only on rare occasions is this word used to describe divine love.
Look at the power of this natural love force. It is intense to the point that a man would give every one of his possessions to attain the woman’s attention, and he might even kill to protect her. It is so intense it cannot be drowned or extinguished and is comparable to “a most vehement flame.” This love force is a passion where reasoning is sometimes forgotten and a man might act out of impulse or even jealousy.
This love brings up imagery of a murder mystery program, where a man loses his mind for the sake of love and impulsively acts. The television docudrama concludes with a man coming to his senses, but he is behind prison bars. Or, it brings up imagery of a romance, where lovers are so captivated by the love they have for each other, the world fades as they look into each other’s faces. We’ve all seen this–natural love–ahabah–is this intense.
This passage in Song of Solomon, chapter eight, begs us to ask the question—If natural love (ahabah) is this intense, what does divine love resemble? The answer—Beloved’s divine love (dowd), is by definition and by its root word, like a boiling pot that effervesces without stopping. Let’s examine the very first verse where this divine love (dowd) is first mentioned. Let’s look at the opening scene, the second verse and what you say here:
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love (dowd) is better than wine.~Song 1:2 NKJV
You, the Bride of Christ, describe divine love (dowd) by referencing your Bridegroom’s kisses and the cup of wine He offers you. Notice that you start by speaking to your lady friends, “Let him kiss me,” but you are so captivated by the experience that you finish your sentence by addressing only your Bridegroom, “for your love is better than wine.” The intimacy and peace you have experienced goes beyond what you can describe, so this is why you become tongue-tied and start speaking directly to your Groom instead of to your lady friends.
It was customary for a Jewish man to present a cup of wine to his prospective bride. If she said “yes” she would drink from the cup; if she said “no,” she would refuse the cup. You have sipped from this cup–acknowledging your willingness to become the Bride of Christ.
As Christians, we can easily see how this cup also represents the Communion cup. The wine represents Christ’s shed blood. Each time you partake from this cup you fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ. Who but the most loving Groom would demonstrate His love by shedding His life’s blood? Jesus Christ did–that’s who.The wine represents Christ's shed blood. Each time you partake from this cup you fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ. #VineWords #TheBoilingPot Click To Tweet
With the intensity of this divine love, we would think there would be a lead-in time before you mention it, but this is not the case. Remember, this is Song of Solomon 1:2, the second verse of the first scene of the play. You are emerging from the wedding chamber which represents the Holy of Holies, and you have become one with the Lord of glory. (Remember, Song of Solomon is an allegory, so this is in the spiritual not the physical sense.)
As you experience the divine love of your heavenly Bridegroom in this holy place, you use the word dowd for love, whose root word means “to boil.” Just think of the magnitude of what you are describing here–Beloved’s divine love, to you, is like a boiling pot, which is effervescent, active, and dynamic. It is not limited but keeps on boiling strong. You are loved with the most intense love imaginable, by a holy Groom who is not afraid of the strength of His love.
This is an exclusive experience. Beloved Jesus Christ bids only His bride to come behind the veil and into this divine love experience.
How long does this last? A pot boils as long as heat is applied. Thus, as long as you remain behind the veil of the Holy of Holies, tucked away in the wedding chamber, your Groom’s divine love (dowd) is available to you. This realm is accessed only through prayer.
A pot boils as long as heat is applied. Thus, as long as you remain behind the veil of the Holy of Holies, His love is available.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
Let’s look at one more attribute of the cup of wine. It is associated not only with your Groom’s shed blood offered on Calvary, and the bridal experience of the Holy of Holies, but also with effervescent joy. That’s right–joy! Wine is a happy-maker! Beloved felt you were worth the price He paid to wed you so He focused on the victory that was on the other side of Calvary’s pain, and this brought Him joy. You now share this joy with Him that He accessed.Beloved felt you were worth the price He paid to wed you so He focused on the victory that was on the other side of Calvary's pain, and this brought Him joy. #VineWords #KissofPeace #TheBoilingPot Click To Tweet
Paul writes, “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1b-2 NKJV). Beloved completes you by putting this same love-force of joy deep within your soul as well. Thus, joy bubbles within you that is strong, unshakable, and transforming.
The next time you have your devotion time, ponder the intensity of your Groom’s divine love (dowd)—a love that can be allegorized but never fully defined. It is that rich! Our human language falls short of fully describing its magnitude. Then, compare the passages in Song 8:6-7 of human love (ahabah) with Song 1:2, divine love (dowd). Both are very powerful forces, but nothing compares to the boiling pot of divine love Beloved offers His bride. This divine love is yours for the asking, and He wants you to have it as His gift.
Say these words aloud: “Love me beyond the inextinguishable flame of human love (ahabah), for You, my glorious Husband-King, desire for me to come behind the veil of the Holy of Holies to experience divine love (dowd). Kiss me, my Bridegroom Jesus Christ, with Your divine love which boils with intensity. It is Your intention for me to be with You, and I accept your invitation.” Acknowledging this will rock your world!
Your Groom loves you, and He accepts your love for Him no matter how frail our love is compared to His. Although the human love we can offer to Him is less, when He brings us into the holy wedding chamber, and as we permit this boiling love-force to become our place of refuge, our human love becomes like His divine love, and He completes us with the His kisses of divine peace.
Compare human and divine love. Share how both are transforming, and how divine love is better.
My Beloved Jesus, thank You for loving me with a holy love that is boiling in its intensity. Every time I partake of Communion, I will remember Your sacrifice on Calvary as well as my position as Bride of Christ. Thank You, for completing me and making me Your bride. Amen.
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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 is a member of Word Weavers, Piedmont-Triad, North Carolina.
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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