The Song of Solomon 8:1-2, “O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised. I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.”
As many of you already know, I have two brothers and one sister. If someone wanted to know something about one of them, I would probably be a good person to talk to, and visa versa. Why? Because we were raised in the same house and spent a lot of time with one another.
During my years on this earth I have met many people. There are some that I’ve gotten to know more so than others. But other than my wife and children, there are few, if any, that have become acquainted with me asmuch as my siblings.
In our study verses we read the words of the Shulamite. She is talking about Solomon. In these words we can see how she longs to be more acquainted with him. Using my words, she is saying, “Oh that we were brought up together in the same house. I would know more about you and would be able to tell my family more about you when they ask. If I could tell them more about you they would welcome you with open arms to the dinner table.” On a side note, or maybe chasing a rabbit, how many teenage daughters have thought this same thing, or even used similar words, about their boyfriends when talking to their mom and dad.
There is a man in the Old Testament who is often ridiculed for his wrong doings. The man wrongly accused a child of God many times with his words. The man’s name is Eliphaz (Job 4:1). This man wrongly accused Job many times. In Job 22:21 we find words spoken by this man that stir our mind concerning our study verses. The words he spoke were not spoken to encourage Job, but rather to condemn. But even though the words were misapplied, they are still words of truth concerning us all and if applied correctly, can be used as words of exhortation. Eliphaz says “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.”
Becoming more acquainted with God and His truth should be a longing desire of us all. How can we labor toward the goal of knowing more about Him? By the truth of scripture, we can declare that every child of grace will know Him in their heart by the direct work of regeneration (see Hebrews 8:11). Now that we know Him by His work, we can work and know more about Him in our minds. By reading His Word; being at Church and hearing the gospel preached; by prayer and meditation, we can “Acquaint” ourselves with the Almighty. By knowing more about Him, we will experience more peace in this world. Why? Because our trust and faith will increase. Our hope will be strengthened. So let us focus our minds on Him and HIS Word more, and the devil and the world less. Romans 16:19, “…but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” Amen!