My Beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi. (Song of Songs 1:14 NASB)
Ok – here we go again with these cryptic references to things and places we don’t know.
Let me start today with another “I’m no scholar” disclaimer. I will say that there is great value in scholarship, so please don’t take my admission as any dishonor to the scholars in our midst. Not at all!
That said – here is what I understand:
Engedi was famous for it’s gardens and vineyards. They were mature and well maintained, and famous far and wide for their beauty and sweet fragrances.
Here is the thing – the beauty and fragrance of her Lover point to the fact that unlike her first encounters with religion - (remember the bucket brigade?) – which were burdensome and full of stress, when she actually gets up close to her Shepherd King it is a sweet fragrance and beauty that can only be compared to this world famous garden.
Throughout the Song we are going to view the vineyard as the personal spiritual life of the believer. As she gazes on Jesus, she sees that a relationship of this kind is nothing like religion.
Sadly, it is all to easy for the most rigorously spontaneous of us to fall into religious patterns, and lose sight of the fact that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
O beloved, there is such a wonderful freedom and blessed joy that comes with our yoking ourselves with the Lord Jesus.
I pray the Spirit that anointed Jesus for the liberation of each of us would set you free today.
Breath deeply of the fragrance of freedom today.