Commissioned for Ministry
As we continue on in Song of Solomon Chapter 7, the Bride has already been vindicated by sincere believers as they have come and called out the attributes that were already spoken about her by Jesus in Songs 4:1-5. Jesus himself now comes to affirm the Bride’s spiritual maturity as proclaimed by the daughters in Songs 7:1-5:
How fair (beautiful) and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! 7 This stature of yours is like a palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters. I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and the roof of your mouth like the best wine. (Song 7:6-9a)
Jesus’ heart is held captive by the Bride as He says, “How beautiful and pleasant you are, O love, with your delights!” (v. 6). Jesus sees His people as beautiful and pleasant. Her fruit is pleasant to Him (Song 4:16-5:1). “O love” expresses the passion in God’s heart for her. God’s love for us is beyond our understanding. (Eph. 3:18). Our love is greater than wine to Him (Song 4:10). There is nothing more delightful to Jesus than the love of His people.
A palm tree is a sign of victory and conquest (Rev. 7:4) and is a picture of maturity (Jer. 10:5). It thrives even in a drought because it’s roots go down deep finding water far below the surface. Thus, it grows exceptionally high and straight. Strong winds cannot break a palm tree. The Bride’s breasts or ability to nurture, are like the clusters of a palm tree that nourishes many.
This stature of yours is like a palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters.
Jesus promises to “take hold” of His people, releasing a great manifestation of His presence through them. He said that He is the vine and we are the branches that He releases His power through (John 14:12). Jesus promises to “go up” to the palm tree to take hold of His servants.
I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” (Song 7:8)
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me…bears much fruit… (Jn. 15:5)
The Three Commissions
As the Lord “lays hold” of His Bride (the Church), she is commissioned for ministry in three significant ways:
- First, to nurture others in the power of the Spirit. Her breasts are to nurture people with the dimension of the Holy Spirit’s activity operating in her in a new measure.
- Second, to release the presence of His Spirit. Her breath speaks of her inner life. Apples speak of refreshing (Song 2:3). She is to refresh others in the Spirit.
- Finally, to maintain her intimacy with Jesus. The mouth throughout the Song speaks of the kisses of the mouth (Song 1:2, 4:3, 5:16). Our intimacy with Jesus is the best thing that the Spirit works in us for Jesus.
He breathed on them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn. 20:22)
We are to give Jesus the best we have and are not to neglect our intimacy with Him for any reason.
Jesus said that the roof of her mouth was the best wine of the Holy Spirit. The roof of the mouth refers to the palate of the mouth or the taste of her mouth. It is simply that which comes from her mouth. It is to be the best wine or that which brings the greatest joy to Jesus (Song 4:10).
How fair is your love…How much better than wine is your love (Song 4:10)
The wine speaks of the influences of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). The best wine to God is the wine of our intimacy. The best wine of all the works of His Kingdom or the best work of the Holy Spirit or the wine that Jesus enjoys most is when the Church walks in mature love (John 17:26).
That the love with which You loved Me may be in them… (Jn. 17:26)
You shall love the LORD…with all your heart, with all your soul…and mind. (Mt. 22:37)
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We will conclude Chapter 7 next week, as we talk about the Bride’s partnership with Jesus in ministry.
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