Come Away From the Wilderness World

The Song Of Solomon 4:8, “Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.”

As we read through the Song of Solomon we are able to gather how much the two characters loved one another. How they described one another and the joy they exhibited when they spent time together is nothing short of amazing.

Here in our study verse, we read the words of Solomon to his beloved Shulamite. He calls on her to come away from “Lebanon” to “the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hebron,…” In this verse, he is asking her to come away from the everyday labors of life that they may see each other. That they may grow closer together, and that she may have more assurance that his love for her is true and faithful.

Names are important in the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 12:6-7, and Proverbs 30:5 assures us that each are equally important in God’s Holy Word. Each word is worthy of our attention and study. Lebanon is the place where the cedars were cut for the Temple (see 1 Kings 5:6 and 2 Chronicles 2:8). Amana, which means a place of constant confirmation or support. Shenir, which is the same as Senir, means a coat of mail (a jacket covered with or composed with metal rings or plates used for armor), fallow ground or burning lamp (all of these have something in common). Hermon which means a summit of a place of devotion. As we compare Deuteronomy 3:9 and 4:48, we can easily gather that Shenir and Hermon were closely related (if not synonymous and interchangeable) with Sion. If the reader would allow me I will try to put our study verse in my own words for explanation purposes. “Come away with me my love. Come away from the wilderness of the world so I can assure you that my love for you is true and faithful. Come away with me to the top of Sion, to the place where you can feel my protective hands. To the place where you can allow your love for me to shine bright without fear. To the place where I, The King of Israel, will give you peace, even in the midst of your ravenous enemies.”

As I meditate upon our study verse, my mind is stirred to think about the call of the gospel. The call that bids God’s children to assemble together in the Lord’s House. The gospel calls on us to separate ourselves from the wilderness world and come up high to a place where we are assured of the Savior’s love for us. A place where we are given peace, even as we live in a world full of enemies. To a place where we feel at liberty to express our love for Him without fear or reservation.

Dear child of grace, have you heard the Savior calling you? Has He called you through the written and preached word to come away and fellowship with Him? Each Sunday morning is a brand new time when we can go up on high, away from the wilderness world, and fellowship with the One Who gave His precious life for us on the Cross of Calvary. Each morning we wake is a brand new time to come away and fellowship with Him in prayer and reading and study of His Word. Are we listening and obeying when He calls, Come away with Me? Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Amen!

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