Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the LORD.
Song of Songs 8:6 NASB
As you may know, in the days of Solomon a seal was a mark of identification and ownership.
A seal acted as a signature for kings and nobles. They used wax seals to signify the authenticity of a document or artifact. A title-deed for example, or private communication, after it's writing, would be rolled or folded. Then the writer melted wax and the pressed his seal into the it. If the recipient found the seal broken, he knew that the communication was no longer secure.
The king’s army was the force behind the kings seal, and it was that force that would ensure the safety of the message, and the messenger. When Nehemiah went to rebuild Jerusalem, the king not only sent him with orders, he sent him with an army to ensure that his (the king’s) instructions where carried out.
When Rome entombed Jesus, the guards set a seal on the stone. It was not to give an extra two ounces of strength to the bond that held the stone in place. It proclaimed that the that the whole Roman army was holding that stone in place.
Breaking a seal on a document that was not intended for your eyes meant death.
So the Lord seals us with His love. The mark He places upon our heart and arm:
1) Marks us as His own. We are bought with the incredibly high price of His own blood.
2) Declares that all the power of His kingdom—the power of all heaven—stands at the ready to protect and defend us. The Message Bible often calls the Lord “God of the Angel Armies.” All that power stands behind His seal.
Does this mean no harm will ever befall us? A quick look at the lives of His followers will tell us that He was not kidding when He promised tribulation.
Romans chapter 8 (the high water mark of the New Testament, in my opinion) describes this seal's power beautifully:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:31-39 NASB
Wow - it did me good to read that! If you skipped it or scanned it, go back and give is a fresh read through.
If you didn’t skip it or scan it, go back and give it s a fresh read through. Trust me, it will do you good.
That is the seal that Jesus places on His bride’s heart and her arm.
Why heart and arm you ask?
From start to finish of this Song, the maiden has pursued her Shepherd King with a two-part desire.
May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine. ...
Draw me after you and let us run together!
Song of Songs 1:2, 4 NASB
Kiss Me and Run with Me—Intimacy and Ministry.
We are twice marked and have a two-fold seal on our lives.
Our Lord seals us in intimacy—nothing can separate us from His love.
Our Lord seals us in ministry—Go into all the world… I will be with you, even to the end of the age.
Get a hold of that! Not only does His seal indicate the backing of all His power. It means that we will have His presence. The seal on our arm says to those around us, not just that some far away king sent us, but that this woman, this man, carries with her the very King she represents.
I love that we are twice marked. There is a public declaration of this love. A ring, a ceremony, a wedding, with cake and candles celebrate this love. But we are also marked in a way that is private and only bride and groom know, marked in intimacy. There are things that a bride and groom share behind closed doors that no one else will ever know or see.
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus.
I’m so glad you stopped by today. Sorry this did not make it out for Saturday. Monday is the new Saturday - don’t you think? PS - My internet has been down so I'm even later than I thought I would be - forgive me please?
See you again soon,