For a review of last week’s study, click here. Today we will conclude Chapter 6. I do not have the understanding to bring my own insight into these later portions of Song of Solomon. So, for the remainder of this study, I will be pulling almost exclusively from Mike Bickle’s notes. His copyright is the right to copy. And it’s really good stuff! I would encourage you to visit Mike’s website and read his notes. There is so much more there that I did not have the room to share.
The Royal Courts of the Heavenly Bridegroom.
There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number… (Song 6:8)
The Bride holds a place of preeminence in honor among the glorious hosts in Jesus’ heavenly court. In the ancient world, a king’s court included his harem which was comprised of women of various ranks. King Solomon’s earthly royal court symbolized King Jesus’ heavenly court. Three positions of honor in Solomon’s court are used (queens, concubines and virgins). At the time this Song was written, Solomon had 60 wives who were each called a queen. He eventually had 700 wives (1Kings 11:3). These queens did not have the same of honor as the Shulamite which was his favorite. The king’s bride was the most honored among his queens. Jesus is surrounded by a host of glorious beings with different ranks. The Bride surpasses them all.
The Bride’s Honor in God’s Family.
My dove, My perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. (Song 6:9)
The Shulamite is referred to as His dove and His perfect one. Being His dove speaks of her singleness of heart and that she walks in the Spirit as God’s dove walking in bridal identity. Being His perfect one means she has matured spiritually. Jesus’ End-Time Church will become mature in love as she is filled with God’s glory without any spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:26-27). Of all the glorious hosts in Jesus’ courts in the Eternal city, He has only one Bride. She is unrivaled. She has no competition. Jesus is saying, “Of all the attendants in My court, she is the only one I want and the only one that I would die for.”
The mother is a picture of the Church through history. God is our father and the Church is spoken of as our mother. Paul spoke allegorically of the New Jerusalem as “the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26). The redeemed from history are represented as a “mother” that gave birth to Jesus (manchild) and as well as the believers that come after her (Rev. 12:5, 17). The Bride is by definition made up of those who walk in mature in love. Living like the heavenly Bride while on earth is to walk in mature in love.
The Holy Spirit Describes The Brides 4-Fold Crown of Glory.
Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners? (Song 6:10)
The Bride is described as possessing a 4-fold glory as co-heir with Jesus of the Eternal City. The Spirit here uses four metaphors to show the Bride’s beauty by comparing her to heavenly objects in the way Jesus compared her to earthly cities (Jerusalem and Tirzah) in Song 6:4. The Spirit asks a rhetorical question, “Who is she?” Jesus just declared the Bride’s preeminent place in His court. The Spirit is now affirming her place of preeminence. The Spirit speaks three times in the Song asking the same question, “Who is this…?” (Song 3:6, 6:10; 8:5).
The Bride’s ministry in the culture is as one “who looks forth or shines forth as the morning”. The Church in this age functions as salt (flavor, preservation) and light (direction, life) in Mt. 5:13-16. This emphasizes the impact that God’s people will have on individuals and society (political, military, economic, educational, family, media, arts, technology, social institutions, etc). The Bride’s ministry in this age is as one “who shines forth as beautiful as the moon”. The mature Church is as beautiful as the moon. The moon was established by God to provide light in the nighttime (Gen. 1:14-19). It does not have its own light but receives the reflected light of the sun. The mature Church is a source of God’s light in a dark and fallen world. The Church in this age is to shine like the moon in the darkness as we work in evangelism and transformation of our culture (Mt. 5:16; Phil. 2:15).
The Bride’s government is as one “who is as awesome as a powerful army with banners.”
You are as awesome (majestic, NIV) as an army with banners (NAS).
In Song 6:4, Jesus emphasizes the victory over her heart in earthly difficulties. Here, the Spirit emphasizes her victory over all powers.
Summary: the Bride’s 4-fold glory is seen in three progressive stages in the glory of God.
- First, she experiences the dawning of God’s light to bring salt and light to the culture (Mt. 5:13-16).
- Second, she shines forth as a beautiful moon in warfare and evangelism in this age.
- Third, she shines forth as the sun in the age-to-come. In all this, she rules as God’s weapon in His government forever.
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