Song of Songs 2:17
‘”I AM — the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the valleys!”… (The bride replies:) “My Beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! For look, the winter has past; the rain is over and gone!’… My Beloved is mine, and I am His…. Until the Day breaks, and the shadows flee away!”‘ Song of Songs 2:1-17.
Here, right at the start of chapter two, it is not easy to determine whether it is the Bridegroom or the bride speaking — not easy to see whether the Bridegroom here addresses the bride, or the bride her Bridegroom. If it is the Bridegroom Who speaks, He commences by identifying Himself as Jehovah — ‘I AM!’ This agrees with the common chorus interpretation: ‘He’s the Lily of the valley!’
First, He then calls Himself ‘the Rose of Sharon’ — the meadow saffron, a kind of crocus or perhaps narcissus. I am ‘the Rose of Sharon’ is Christ presenting Himself to the delight of His bride. The ‘Lily of the valleys’ seems to be the bright red scarlet anemone, which then might have some reference to the colour of the Saviour’s blood He would shed to purchase His bride. It is only
through Christ that these symbols afford real joy to the soul. He would then go on to compare His bride to the lily among thorns whom He came to save.
The bride replies in verses eight to ten. ‘My beloved…, He comes leaping upon the mountains!… He stands behind our wall! He looks forth at the windows!… My beloved spoke, and said to me, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! For look, the winter has past — the rain is over and gone!”‘
Here, the bride sees her Shepherd eagerly hastening to meet her. She now turns to relate a love-song that her Lover had sung to her. ‘My beloved spoke and said to me, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! For look, the winter has past; the rain is over and gone!”‘ When once Christ has embraced His loving bride, the rain is over — and the winter has past forever!
After meeting His bride, the Bridegroom as it were said to her: ‘Come on out! It’s a beautiful day! Spring has come!’
When we start following Him, we realize He has gone away — to His heavenly glory. Yet, in His heavenly absence, we keep reminding ourselves: ‘My beloved is mine, and I am His!’
For how long? For ever! Right down till His second coming, and beyond! ‘Until the Day breaks, and the shadows flee away!’ While He has gone, the world for us is necessarily a place of some shadows. But when He comes again, the Day will break and the shadows shall flee away — at our sunset, right before our final and everlasting sunrise!
Some blessed daybreak, Jesus shall come! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!’ (Revelation 22:20). Meanwhile, He feeds His earthly flock — as both await that Day when all the shadows shall have gone forever! Till then — I am His! Until that Day breaks, when all the shadows flee away!