Leading the Way of Intimacy
The Bride is maturing in love for her Bridegroom. Her commitment has been tested and she has stayed true to her decision to follow Him. When we left off in Chapter 5, the Bride described her lover to the young maidens, those who are immature in their faith. As we begin Chapter 6, the maidens respond to her declaration of love for her Bridegroom by asking if they might seek Him also.
Where has your Beloved gone, O fairest among women? Where has your Beloved turned aside, that we may seek Him with you? (Song 6:1)
The maidens see the Bride’s intimacy with Jesus and immediately desire to know Him as she does. The Bride’s proclamation of Jesus’ beauty stirs up passion in the young maidens, and gives them strength to let go of their “other lovers”. When we see the beauty of Jesus, it is easy to forsake the things of this world and follow after Him.
The Bride then answers the question posed by the maidens, “where is He”?
My Beloved has gone to His garden, to the beds of spices, to feed His flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine. He feeds His flock among the lilies. (Song 6:2-3)
The Bride tells them where they can find Jesus in a more intimate way. Jesus dwells in His garden, or the Church, to gather and feed His people. His garden speaks of the worldwide Church which is made up of local churches or the gardens. The Bride declares, “My Beloved has gone to the beds of spices” (Song 6:2). The beds are within His one garden (The Church). There is one Church in the earth, but there are many different beds of spices. Spices speak of manifestations of grace. Each ministry is a unique spice. Each “spice bed” in the garden has a rich fragrance of Christ. Jesus loves the whole Church.
After telling the young maidens where they can find her Beloved, she again declares her love for Him:
“My Beloved is mine. He feeds His flock among the lilies.” (Song 6:3)
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Next week, we will conclude Chapter 6 as Jesus breaks His silence and lavishes His love on His Bride.