The Bride Vindicated by Sincere Believers
*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)
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.
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Next 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.