A Beautiful Bride (Song of Solmon, Chapter 6)
Last week we saw how the Bride, in her commitment to and declaration of love for her Bridegroom, spurred the young maidens (those less mature in their faith) to want to seek Jesus out for themselves. Even though He had removed His presence from her for a season, she never waivered in her faith and commitment to the one that she loved. Today, we will continue on in Chapter 6, as Jesus breaks His silence and declares His love for His Bride. (*Disclaimer: I have pulled most of today’s post from Mike Bickle’s notes here. His copyright is the right to copy.)
You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, majestic as troops with banners. 5 Turn your eyes from me; they overwhelm me. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead. m6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep coming up from the washing. Each has its twin, not one of them is alone.7 Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Jesus describes the Bride’s beauty.
O My love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners! (Song 6:4)
He first communicates how He feels about her. “O My love” — the one that I love, the one that I adore, the one who is altogether lovely! He then declares that the Bride is as beautiful as the city of Tirzah. It was one of the most attractive cities in the ancient world. Tirzah means “beautiful”. Before Israel captured the land of Israel under Joshua, it was a capital city of the Canaanites (Josh. 12:24; 1 Kings 15:33; 16:61). Thus, some commentators present this Canaanite city as symbolic of the unbelieving Gentile nations. In other words, the Bride is beautiful to unbelievers thus, she is effective in winning unbelievers.
Jesus declares that the Bride is as lovely as Jerusalem. It was the spiritual capital of Israel. It was the city chosen by God for the building of Solomon’s Temple which was the only place on earth continually blessed with the manifest presence of God. Jerusalem’s beauty speaks of the beauty of holiness found in worshipping God.
Tirzah speaks of natural beauty that affects even unbelievers. Jerusalem refers to spiritual beauty that believers greatly value. The Bride being as beautiful as Tirzah and Jerusalem refers to her impacting both believers and unbelievers. Her beauty reaches both groups. Unbelievers see the Bride’s self-sacrificing love and pure motives. They see her as one who gives everything for love.
Jesus describes the impact the Bride has on His heart.
Turn your eyes away from Me, for they have overcome Me. (Song 6:5)
This is one of the great statements in the Scripture. By her eyes we understand her love for Him. Jesus is not asking her to literally look away from Him. He speaks poetically in the language of extravagant love. His heart is deeply moved by our steady love for Him as expressed in Song 5:10-16 in the midst of testing. When the daughters asked, “Why do you love Him?” She spoke of Him as being altogether lovely and dazzling”. Our eyes of devotion move Jesus’ heart. Our greatest glory is that we can move God’s heart.
Do you know the way you move Him? He is overcome by weak and broken people who truly love Him. While she felt nothing in her time of testing He felt so much. Our love for Him in the midst of the testing is more precious to Him than we understand. She did not know the impact her love was having on His heart because she did not feel His presence in the time of testing. In this age, we will never understand the fullness of the impact that we have on Jesus’ heart. The woman did not know that Jesus marveled at her when He seemingly refused her (Mt. 15:21-28).
Jesus describes the Bride’s spiritual maturity.
Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing; every one bears twins, and none is barren among them. Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil. (Song 6:5c-7)
Jesus describes her maturity by highlighting 3 aspects of her character signified by her hair, teeth and temples. They refer to her dedication (hair), life in the Word (teeth) and godly emotions (temples). These are same qualities that He prophesied of when they were only budding virtues (Song 4:1-3).
Her dedication to God = hair
Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead. (Song 6:5)
Her ability to chew solid food (to receive the meet of His Word) = teeth
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing; every one bears twins, and none is barren among them. (Song 6:6)
Her godly emotions = temples
Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil… (Song 6:7)
The temples (cheeks) reveal one’s emotions. The Hebrew word translated as temples can also be translated as cheeks. Our emotions are expressed by our cheeks. We can see anger, joy, gladness, and sadness on the cheeks. They are windows into one’s emotions. The pomegranate is a very sweet fruit. Her emotions are Godly and sweet to Him. Behind her veil speaks of her hidden life in God. Her emotions of love for God and her modesty is genuine when no one is watching. It is not just a show before people as in Song 4:3.
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