4 In Scripture Study

The Bride Vindicated by Sincere Believers

(photo credit)

*We are continuing our Journey through the Song of Solomon this week with the first 5 verses in Chapter 7.  For earlier discussions on this study, click the “Bible Study” link on my sidebar categories.

How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman. 2 Your navel is a rounded goblet; it lacks no blended beverage. Your waist is a heap of wheat set about with lilies. 3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower, your eyes like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus. 5Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, and the hair of your head is like purple; a King is held captive by your tresses (hair). (Song 7:1-5)

This passage of scripture answers the question posed by the maidens, “Who is the  Shulamite”?  Here, the Bride is vindicated by sincere believers.  They discern many of the same affirmations that Jesus gave the Bride in Song 4:1-5.  They speak of 10 virtues in the Bride as she spoke of 10 virtues of Jesus in Song 5:10-16.  The daughters take a stand for the Bride declaring that “she is beautiful” and by calling her the prince’s daughter which points to her royal character or character befitting of royalty. We all have a royal bloodline by our new birth.

10 Virtues of the Bride as seen by Sincere Believers.

How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman.  (Song 7:1)

The Bride’s feet in sandals speak of evangelism.  Her success in evangelism is a sign of her beauty. Our feet are to be shod by the preparation of the Gospel (Eph. 6:15). How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news (Isa. 52:7).

The Bride’s thighs or legs speak of the strength behind her walk in God.  The curves of her thighs speak of the muscular definition in her legs giving her strength. This feature was developed through much discipline. Thus, her strong walk is costly and esteemed as rare like the jewels worked on by a skillful workman.

Your navel is a rounded goblet; it lacks no blended beverage. Your waist is a heap of wheat set about with lilies.  (Song 7:2)

The navel speaks of the nourishment a child receives in their mother’s womb. This refers to our earlier years in the Lord as the time in which our inner life in God is developed. A rounded goblet speaks of a healthy navel. This is opposite of being malnourished. A goblet which lacks no beverage speaks of a full range of nourishment. She is healthy with a balanced diet with all the necessary nutrients for a strong life. This speaks of a good spiritual foundation in our life.

The daughters see the Bride as prepared for the coming harvest. A heap of wheat speaks of an abundance of wheat which only occurs during the harvest. She is pictured as pregnant (large waist) with an abundant harvest.  The harvest that comes forth from her will be established in purity and holiness.

Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.  (Song 7:3)

Breasts speak of the ability to nurture others. Babes are nurtured through milk from the breast.  She is ready to nurture the harvest that she gives birth to. Her breasts are like youthful fawns  in contrast to being elderly and without the ability to nurture with milk. Twins of a gazelle speaks of a double portion in her ability to nurture.

Your neck is like an ivory tower… (Song 7:4)

In Scripture, the neck speaks of the will that can be stiff-necked (resistant) or submissive. The rebellious neck speaks of pride (Isa. 3:16). The Bride’s will is like an ivory tower which is rare and costly. Her resolute choices are as costly as an ivory tower which provides her protection.

Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.(Song 7:4)

Eyes speak of our ability to receive revelation (Eph. 1:18).  She has keen spiritual insight (Song 1:15; 4:2, 9; 6:5). In Song 4:1, Jesus compared her eyes to dove’ eyes speaking of her purity and loyalty. Here, her eyes are like the pools in Heshbon.  These pools were not muddy but clean and easy to see through.  To see clearly is our first priority because seeing is the doorway to growing spiritually (Phil 3:8-10).  The gate of Bath Rabbim was a resort area with clean water in the once royal city of Heshbon (Num. 21:25-26).

The nose speaks of discernment. A tower provides protection. Her nose is like a protective tower that looked toward Damascus the capital of Syria (Israel’s greatest enemy). Lebanon was on the north side of Judah facing Syria. She had discernment of her fiercest enemies.

Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, and the hair of your head is like purple; a King is held captive by your tresses (hair).  (Song 7:5)

The Bride’s thought life is powerful like the beautiful mountain tops of Carmel. Her thought life is filled with royal thoughts or crowned like Mount Carmel (Isa. 35:2). Our thoughts are significant in spiritual warfare, especially related to our image of God.

In Scripture, hair spoke of one’s dedication to God. The hair of the Nazirite was an outward sign of their dedication to God (Num. 6). A Nazirite did not cut their hair. Her hair is like purple which speaks of royalty. Her dedication is like the resolution of a king (NAS says “The King”).

The Bride’s dedication holds the heart of God. His love is so powerful that it binds Him to weak people who love Him. It is His glory (not His weakness) to be captivated by love for His people.  His heart is “held” by us.  He possesses all authority, but gives His heart without any reserve to His Bride.

*    *     *

PhotobucketNext week, we will discuss the vindication of the Bride by Jesus.  Now it’s your turn.  Link up any time between now and Sunday.  I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this portion of scripture.

You Might Also Like

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    September 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love everything you share and break down in God’s Word Barbie.  I would have never known a lot of this by reading by myself.  

    You ended talking about God’s love.  Yesterday when I started my day by hearing “Your love never fails” on the heels of me having such pleasure blessing my daughter for her birthday … I seemed to go just a little deeper in my revelation of God’s love for me.  I began to weep as I thought about how much God must love blessing His children. 

    Love you Barbie!
    Beth

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Oh there is so much I don’t know. These later few chapters are quite the challenge. I am thankful that I pull insight from the Holy Spirit and a LOT from Mike Bickle! OH and yes, I love when He pours His love out on us and blesses us. His love never fails.

  • Reply
    Kerri Smith
    September 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Great insight Barbie…I never thought of this as “the daughter’s” speaking, but more as words of the groom!
    I love the growth in character of the bride this week…regardless of who is speaking in this chapter! It really is amazing how we are deemed royalty…a princess! Even when I feel I am not worthy of this title (which is often), this is who I am to Him! Wow!!

  • Reply
    Greg Simas
    September 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

    So much in the Song of Songs. The allegory is both rich and deep. Thanks for posting!

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge