A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.
A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.
Song of Songs 4:12, 15 NKJV
These two stanzas from the Song bring us four different pictures of water. Over the next few installments we will look at each.
A Spring Shut Up
The idea behind a sealed spring is that it was not the public water supply. The setting here is the Middle East, where wells were of the utmost importance to survival. Every center of population had to have a water source, and most would have a public fountain or well. Many stories in the Bible take place at public wells, where people would come to get water for their homes, or to water their animals.
Since this water supply was a common area where anyone could bring their animals to drink, they would naturally be unsanitary, and certainly not private.
Someone with money or stature might have a spring of their own, and it would be sealed, locked, perhaps fenced and gated, so that the common crowds could not approach and defile it.
When the Shepherd King calls His maiden a sealed spring He is bringing attention to her purity and dedication. She is a source that is protected from the filth of the world. Interestingly it is that filth that she once despised in herself.
I am dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Song of Songs 1:5 NKJV
In her earlier days her own assessment of her life was always marred with the corruption the world leaves. Now though, she is a locked garden, set apart for her Lover only.
Another aspect that strikes me is that a spring is a water source. We always think of God as the source in all senses and aspects of our relationship with Him, but here we see the Groom looking to the maiden as His source of refreshment and sustenance! Can you imagine! We supply something the Lord desires.
Jesus said of the believer:
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. – John 4:14
The concept here is similar to the idea that Jesus is the light that lights everyone, but He tells us to shine, not reflect, but shine. He gives us light, and tells us to shine. He gives us living water, and equips us to be a spring of life for those around us.
Are you bubbling with life today?
Lord, I pray the spring of life in me would be refreshing to you this day.
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