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January 10, 2016
“The Most Beautiful Bride”
Song of Solomon 6:4-12
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Please note: I know there are many interpretations and takes on the book of Song of Solomon. My focus in this lesson is solely on the marriage relationship.
One of the best things about being an avid reader is the happy ending that appears at the end of almost every book I read. When you first dive into a new book you begin to get familiar with the characters and their life. Each turn of the page takes us along on their journey, revealing to us their joys and sadness, hardships and pain. By the time we reach those last few pages everything has worked itself out. There’s almost always a reason for celebration and the typical “awww” moment, especially if you’re into romance novels.
Today’s lesson unfolds a romantic tale between a guy and his girl; a groom and his bride; a king and his fair maiden.
Is there anything more precious than having a home all a buzz in preparation for a wedding? To see love have its final say between two as they come together in holy matrimony is a great pleasure and gift that God has given to mankind.
Love is never far from the human mind when you think of it. Much of what we do is compelled or not compelled by love or the lack thereof. Love is an energy that supplies the deepest crevices of man, filling a longing that has been present since the time of conception.
Love is wonderful and how one celebrates that love speaks volumes of what really lies in the heart for another. Today’s lesson takes us into the heart of Solomon as he expresses his love for his bride using beautiful language and poetry.
Song of Solomon 6:4 “Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.”
Solomon was a not a man known for being lost for words. After all, he penned Proverbs (most of it), Ecclesiastes and our book of study today, Song of Solomon. Yet, here in the above verse the beauty and love for his bride couldn’t be contained and it seemed to him that he couldn’t come up with enough words to describe how he saw her.
To him she was “beautiful, comely, terrible [awesome].” All three words describe her attractiveness to him. To him she was gorgeous and she shined like the most beautiful cities of royalty: “Tirzah and Jerusalem.” As an “army” coming out in all its colors and pageantry with flowing “banners” waving through the air so he speaks of his love for her.
When it comes to love beauty really is in the “eye of the beholder” (H.G. Wells). To Solomon, it doesn’t matter how anyone else views his bride because to him, she is the most beautiful of all and here he celebrates that with an array of compliments that expose his heart.
Song of Solomon 6:5 “Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.”
The eyes say a lot about a person. “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart,” – St. Jerome (Quote Source: Brainyquote.com). What did her eyes say when they looked at him? What story did they tell? When she looked at him her eyes must have told also of the love she had for him; how endearing her husband was to her. Her heart was in her eyes. When he looked into her eyes that told the story of it, it melted his heart in return and overwhelmed him causing him to plead for her not to look his way.
Thinking on her loveliness he viewed her “hair as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.” Flowing, caressing her shoulders, waving in the wind – long and shiny, silky, bouncing curls bending. Her hair enraptured him. Looking upon it pleased him. He saw beauty in the locks of her mane that reminded him of the herds of goats would appear as they came down the mountains and across the lands in unison – flowing together in wave of shimmering glory. 1 Corinthians 11:15 explains to us how a woman’s long hair is viewed as her glory and covering. This man in love was taking in the all of her beauty, including her hair. Every characteristic about her made him swoon.
Song of Solomon 6:6 “Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.”
Continuing to use illustrations found around him during his time, Solomon’s love speaks up again on the beauty of the one who holds his attention: the Shulamite. Now, he speaks of her mouth; her smile as her teeth glisten as “sheep which go up from the washing.” A genuine smile of love can make more than just the one doing it shine, it can make the receiver of the smile shine as well beautifying one’s countenance from the inside out. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful,” (Quote Source: Thinkexist.com). And, she definitely made his life more beautiful as she flashed her, as we call it today, pearly whites.
Song of Solomon 6:7 “As a piece of pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.”
These are reminiscent of the words he spoke in Song of Solomon 4:3 where he declares his same affections for his most beautiful bride in this area. In both areas her temples/cheeks are described as “pomegranates.” In our day we associate this fruit as a super-food because of its great health benefits. As a kid we ate them all the time without the exorbitant prices of today, but now that it’s widely popular it can become a costly purchase. Nevertheless, for this king he compared the sweetness of the fruit and loveliness of its hue to his bride’s temple/cheek area in which he found value hidden within her locks.
Song of Solomon 6:8-9 “There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that care her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.”
Solomon is a king known for his many marriages. 1 Kings tell us, “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart,” (11:1-3). Yet, out of all of these women to which he was married, she, who is the receiver of these poetic words, is the one who has captured his heart in such a way. She is his most beautiful bride.
Apparently, he isn’t the only one who sees her in such a beautiful fashion. Of her “mother” she is “choice” which speaks of being chosen and pure. In a situation where jealousy could have easily sprouted with so much competition of women, the other women themselves were noted as having “blessed and praised her.” They, along with King Solomon, celebrate her beauty; they celebrated her character as well.
She is described as a “dove.” When Jesus commanded His disciples to go forth He spoke, “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,” (Mat. 10:16). The dove’s nature is depicted as innocent and guileless; undeceitful and unpretending. So, too, is his bride. Her character must have been a breath of fresh air between those who would possibly compete and act underhanded to gain the attention of the king.
She was also spoken of as being “undefiled;” meaning perfect. One’s whose integrity matched and supported the idea of her being as a dove as well.
Song of Solomon 6:10 “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?”
“Who is she . . .?” Who is like this bride? She is as glorious as a fresh “morning.” Every day morning eventually overtakes the night bringing in the freshness of a new day. One of my favorite times of the day is rising in the morning before all else and taking in that newness of the day. It has yet to be tainted by the cares of woes of what may follow. It is filled with promise of what can be.
She is “fair as the moon, clear as the sun” which again speaks of her brightness and beauty. Bette Midler is quoted as saying, “If I could be granted a wish, I’d shine in your eye like a jewel,” (Quote Source: Brainyquote.com). This most beautiful bride didn’t have to wish for it for she shone like the moon and was a radiant as the sun; she stood out among the rest. She glowed differently above the others.
Song of Solomon 6:11-12 “I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded. Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.”
It was the season when things were in bloom; when they “budded” (compare to Song of Solomon 4:13; 7:12). It was a time of fruitfulness. Spring is in the air and love has taken over. Wandering through the “garden” love is on the mind. Fanciful ideas of romance pervade the air as thoughts of his bride claim his attentions.
This scene takes my mind back to the very first love story that occurred in a garden as well; the very first time that a woman was presented to a man to take her as his bride in the Garden of Eden. When Adam laid eyes on her he realized the importance and the significance of the gift God had given him that he couldn’t find in another. He then exclaimed, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,” (Gen. 2:23). She was of him and for him – his wife; a woman to love.
Love is one of the most misused words today. People declare love for food, bikes, etc. without really understanding the importance of the word.
Love is special and is to be treated with respect, especially within the confines of marriage. True love celebrates one another instead of tearing them apart. True love praises and uplifts – and, there is no better place for this to happen than within the marriage relationship.
Relationships built with this much affection for one another can make a huge impact not only for that family, but for the watching world. Love and sexuality is admirable within the marriage bed as God designed it to be. And, God thought that love expressed this way was so important to our human relationships that He allowed this book to be written and published within His holy Word to help us know the significance of it and how to apply this holy appreciation for one another to our marriages.
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