Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held Him and would not let Him go, until I had brought Him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
The bride has been searching for her beloved bridegroom in the city streets and in squares, but has not been able to find Him. All the while, she is realizing her love for Him has grown to the point she doesn't want to live without Him. There is now a desperation in her heart to find Him and hold onto Him. And to her dismay, none have seen Him. But she doesn't give up. Love never gives up! Even though it looks hopeless, she continues on...
Sometimes we don't realize or understand how love grows in our hearts for someone. It has always been and will always continue to be a mystery. And there is an even greater mystery about the love of Jesus, our beloved bridegroom. I John 4:19 says, "We love Him because He first loved us." His love was unconditional, and it drew us. The bride in this verse was drawn by His love. It drew her out of her resting place, out of her comfort zone, and into the streets to search for Him. It drew her to humbly ask if the watchmen had seen Him who she loved. His love created a desperation in her to search until she found Him. And as she continued a little further in her search, she suddenly saw Him. Humbled and grateful and relieved, she ran to Him and threw her arms around Him, intending to never let Him go.
Have you ever felt this way about your beloved? Have you ever had a hunger in your heart to search for Him in the way the Shulamite bride did? As we continue to grow in our knowledge of Him, this will eventually give way for us to experience Him. And it's in experiencing Him that our love grows. You cannot help but love Him when you know Him. This type of knowing comes from the Hebrew word 'yada' which means to "experientially know." It's much deeper than just to 'know' or 'know about' someone.
When the bride reaches this point in her relationship with the bridegroom, she becomes emboldened to share how wonderful He is, even to those of her own household (she brought Him to the house of her mother...and into the private places of those she grew up with.) How many know it is sometimes difficult to share your true spiritual life and love with those of your own household? Unless your household members have a vital, living relationship with Jesus, they cannot understand your great love for Him. Even Jesus Himself recognized and spoke into this. Matthew 13:57 states, "And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.' "
As we will see in the verses next week, this is another test of the bride as she encounters those who haven't yet experienced the love of the bridegroom King in the same way she has.