Song of Song 5:1
“Him (to her): I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh with its natural spices.
I have tasted the honeycomb dripping with my honey
and have drunk my wine and milk together.
(to his young friends of Jerusalem) Eat, friends, drink your fill!
Be intoxicated with love (The Voice ).”
Drink your Fill Lovers! Drink and drink deeply.
This verse has been translated a bit differently in The Passion Translation, and we will talk about that a bit later. John Crowder, who, in my opinion, wrote the best theological book on the finished work of the cross — Mystical Union : Stuff they never told you about the finished work of the Cross — encourages Lovers of God to read widely of the scriptures because otherwise you may be drinking in someone else’s theology.
That’s not necessarily a terrible thing, but it’s valuable to read the scriptures for yourselves and develop your own theology between you and Jesus.
In light of what I’ve just written, let’s continue with Song of Songs 5:1.
We are a Garden. We are a paradise garden hidden away for the pleasures of God. That’s our secret place. He comes into our garden and rearranges things. He gathers our myrrh and spices and tastes the fruit of our revelation of Himself. It gets him completely drunk with love.
Charles Spurgeon wrote the following on this concept in one of his many sermons on Song of Songs: The Lord Jesus will not and cannot be happy by himself: he will have us share with him. Not how the words run — “I have eaten” ; “Eat, o, friends” ; “I have drunk” ; “Drink, yea, drink abundantly” ; his union with his people is so close that his joy is in them, that their joy may be full. He cannot be alone in his joy.
We are in union with Christ. We shared in his death on the cross and we shared in his life in resurrection.We are no longer our own, but we are Christians — little Christs — possessed by the joy and life and revelation of Jesus, our lover. He drinks from us and we drink from him. Together we sink into the pocket of love and become absolutely intoxicated with love. We sing a drunkards song, in union, and sing of the goodness of His grace and glory and love. Jesus is astounding!
God is saying for His Song People to drink deeply of love. Drink deeply of his life within our life. Gulp, gulp, gulp…
A Different School of Thought….sort of
Brian Simmons, who wrote The Passion Translation, has translated this verse quite a bit differently…so it seems.
“I have gathered from your heart, my equal, my bride, I have gathered from my garden all my sacred spices–even my myrrh. I have tasted and enjoyed my wine within you. I have tasted with pleasure my pure milk, my honeycomb, which you yield to me. I delight in gathering my sacred spice, all the fruits of my life that I have gathered from within you, my paradise garden. Come, all my friends–feast upon my bride, all you revelers of my palace. Feast on her, my lovers! Drink and drink, and drink again, until you can take no more. Drink the wine of her love. Take all you desire, you priests. My life within her will become your feast.”
Simmons, in his footnotes on SoS 5:1 writes, “The beautiful bride overflowing with his life is to be given to others, even as Jesus was given to us by the Father. She has become a feast for the nations, wine to cheer the hearts of others.”
While other translations point to God telling us to drink up his life in us and be intoxicated with his love, The Passion Translation has taken this verse as a call to pour ourselves out to others and offer what we have to fill others up.
Is this so different?
It’s really not such a huge difference when you sit and contemplate the language. While other versions of scripture are telling Song People to drink up the love of God and be inebriated with the wine of his love, The Passion Translation is encouraging Song People to pour themselves out and allow others to feast from them.
Neither one of these concepts is wrong.
Song People partake of the Heavenly Husband…Mr. JoyJuice…and get wildly intoxicated by his love. Then we take it and pour it out for others to enjoy. This is the exact same concept we read in Mark 16 when we’re told to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations…”
Today I encourage you to become intoxicated (because you already are) on the love and grace of Jesus. Revel in his presence…and you ARE in his presence. Feelings don’t matter much in this department. Remember: feelings follow faith. Thank God for his presence all around you, contemplate the mystery of Christ (that he’s in you and you’re in him, and we’re all wrapped up in the Father). Get whacked and then share that joy with everyone else!
Have a great week!