SONG OF SONGS (Pt.3)

“O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, Lovely as Jerusalem, Awesome as an army with banners!” (Song of Solomon 6:4 NKJV)

 CAPTIVATED BY HER LOVE

The Shulamite captures the King’s attention.  He sees her through the eyes of love.  We remember that although she had been mistreated by her “brothers”(SOS 1:6) and had been mishandled by the watchmen, who were not alert to her lover passing by them. But she was not made bitter through her experience but better.  She teaches us that by her loving response, that her trials were sent to transform her…not deform her life.

CAPTIVATED BY HIS MAJESTY

She too is attracted to the beauty and majesty of the King.  In Song of Songs Chapter five, she describes her lover from “head to foot” and then declares to the other maidens, “His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!”(Song of Solomon 5:16 NKJV)  Have you come to a place in your walk with the King that “He is altogether lovely”? Are you surrendered to all of His ways?  This is where the Bridal Call becomes a Bridal Friendship; their hearts have become one heartbeat. The bride is now able to say (In spite of difficulties), “Yes, Lord.  Not as I will but Thy will be done”.

The Shulamite is also captured when she sees the King movement through the desert. “Who is this coming out of the wilderness Like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders? Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night. Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King Made himself a palanquin: He made its pillars of silver, Its support of gold, Its seat of purple, Its interior paved with love By the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.” (‭Song of Solomon (3:6-11 NKJV)

There is prophetic imagery to consider: (1) 60 valiant warriors armed with swords drawn prepared against a night assault against the King.  Sixty is a number comprised of 5×12.  Five is a number pointing to the 5 wounds of Jesus, the Atoning Work of His Cross.  Twelve is a governing number (12 Tribes of Israel; 12 Apostles of the Lamb).   (2) His Crown given to him “on his wedding day…the day of the gladness of his heart”.   John receives a preview of that great day. “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:6-7 NKJV).  This day is not far off. Are we making ourselves ready? “Forsaking all others…Clinging to Him alone?”. These are vows often repeated in Wedding ceremonies today. The Bride and Bridegroom make public declarations of their exclusive devotion to one another.

THE CHARIOT OF THE KING

Even the description of the King’s chariot in SOS 3:6-11 mentioned earlier is suggestive of the work of God’s transforming love.

(1) Wood is a beautiful picture of His sinless humanity.  He took on our human form to demonstrate what perfect humanity was all about through his words and deeds. (2) Gold in the scriptures speaks of the divine nature.  It speaks of the mystery of God’s nature & character represented in humanity.  “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself”(II Corinthians ‭5:19a NKJV) (3) Silver speaks of redemption and the goal of purifying process of the crucible is purified silver (See Psalm 12:6;Malachi 3:3).  (4) Purple is associated with royalty; Kings were adorned often on purple robe to indicate their sovereignty and rule.

All of these descriptions are to remind us of the value and worth which the Father in sending Jesus, the Messiah thought about us. “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6 NKJV)

For the Shulamite, her beauty and transformation as a result of the King’s love is so magnificent that “they praised her.  ‘Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, Awesome as an army with banners?’ “(SOS 6:9b-10 NKJV).  So it will be in this hour of transformation.  A Bride without spot or blemish is arising, adorned with His beauty, terrible as an amy with banners.

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