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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Song of Solomon 5:9-16

In this love poem, the "daughters of Jerusalem" asks the Bride what makes her beloved different from any other "beloved"? She begins to describe her beloved to them.

Song of Solomon 5:9-16 (Modern King James Version - MKJV)
(9) What is your Beloved more than another beloved, most beautiful among women? What is your Beloved more than another beloved, that you adjure us so?
(10) My Beloved is bright and ruddy, standing out among ten thousand.
(11) His head is like refined gold; His locks are bushy, black as a raven.
(12) His eyes are as doves' eyes on the rivers of waters, washed with milk, sitting on a setting.
(13) His cheeks are like a bed of spices, a raised bed of aromatic herbs. His lips are as lilies dropping flowing myrrh.
(14) His hands are like rings of gold filled with jewels; His body an ivory plate overlaid with sapphires.
(15) His legs are like pillars of marble set on sockets of fine gold; His face is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
(16) His mouth is most sweet; yes, He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 5:9-16 (American Standard Version - ASV)
(9) What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, That thou dost so adjure us?
(10) My beloved is white and ruddy, The chiefest among ten thousand.
(11) His head is as the most fine gold; His locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
(12) His eyes are like doves beside the water-brooks, Washed with milk, and fitly set.
(13) His cheeks are as a bed of spices, As banks of sweet herbs: His lips are as lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.
(14) His hands are as rings of gold set with beryl: His body is as ivory work overlaid with sapphires.
(15) His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: His aspect is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
(16) His mouth is most sweet; Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 5:9-16 (Bible In Basic English - BBE)
(9) What is your loved one more than another, O fairest among women? What is your loved one more than another, that you say this to us?
(10) My loved one is white and red, the chief among ten thousand.
(11) His head is as the most delicate gold; his hair is thick, and black as a raven.
(12) His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the water streams, washed with milk, and rightly placed.
(13) His face is as beds of spices, giving out perfumes of every sort; his lips like lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.
(14) His hands are as rings of gold ornamented with beryl-stones; his body is as a smooth plate of ivory covered with sapphires.
(15) His legs are as pillars of stone on a base of delicate gold; his looks are as Lebanon, beautiful as the cedar-tree.
(16) His mouth is most sweet; yes, he is all beautiful. This is my loved one, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

This love poem is about King Solomon and the bedouin woman, called a Shulamite maiden, with whom he fell in love with. But the second meaning is that of King Jesus and His Bride, the Church, and their love relationship. It is a type of the love between Christ and those who have accepted Him as their Savior and have become His Bride.

The Bride initially meant the nation of Israel, the Jewish Nation but now means the Church.

The Beloved initially was King Solomon (who wrote the book) but we see now as Jesus Christ.

The Daughters of Jerusalem are initially the subject nations; satellite nations who are in obedience to Solomon. But now the "Daughters of Jerusalem" means unbelieving Israel or nominal Christians. They are daughters of Jerusalem but they are not in love with Jesus. They are not passionate about Jesus. They are not bound to Jesus and Him alone. He is not their desire. A nominal Christian is one who may have given intellectual assent to Christian doctrines and claim to be a Christian. They may attend church; may have even been baptized. But they have not accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. It is not a personal relationship with Jesus where they have repented, been forgiven and asked Jesus to be their Master. The daughters of Jerusalem have seen the King but have not fallen in love with him. They have observed but they have not participated in the relationship. They have not married the King. They have not had an intimate relationship with him. They don't understand the passion and love because they have not experienced it.


How is Jesus described by His Beloved:
5:10 (MKJV) My Beloved is bright and ruddy, standing out among ten thousand.
5:10 (ASV)  My beloved is white and ruddy, The chiefest among ten thousand.
‘to be brightly white.’ -Cambridge Bible notes
"White" and sometimes translated as "Bright" is symbol of purity and divinity.
He is white in the spotless innocence of his life, ruddy in the bleeding sufferings he went through at his death. -Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
The Hebrew Adham is translated to "ruddy". Does "adham" (pronounce Ad ahm) remind you of something? Yes, Adam. Adam in Genesis, the first human male made by God. God formed his body from the dirt and then he laid on top of him and breathed His Divine Breath into Adam to give him life. God did not do this with any other of His Creation! He commanded all other things to be created. He spoke them into being. But with mankind, He used His Hands to form them and breathed His Breath into him. It is why human beings are the unique creation of God and why human beings deserve respect. We have been created by His Hands and we have received His Breath of life in us. We are made in His Image! Ruddy means red. Red man, blood, blood man. We are flesh and blood. In this verse it means that Jesus is both God and Man. He is the only man who is perfect and pure because He is God. God man. It is why He could take our place. We are fallen, sinful man/woman. We cannot save ourselves. We cannot pay God back for the loss of His perfectly created mankind because we are sinners. We took our lives away from God when Adam and Eve chose to sin. We are now born in sin and we follow our sinful ways. Even if we try our best, we are not and cannot be sinless. Therefore we cannot pay God back. But God had a plan! He sent Jesus who is perfect God to be born of Mary, who was a human being. Therefore Jesus was God and man. He was perfect and pure, undefiled by sin. He was also a man who walked this earth and experienced the same things we human beings have to experience. He was tired, hungry, he saw through our eyes but without sin. His perfection could be sacrificed for us. He redeemed us. He paid the price! It was by His Blood that we are saved!!! There is that "red" again. His blood was given for us so that we may be saved.


5:10b The chiefest among ten thousand.
Literally, “a bannered one among a myriad;”; marked out by a banner; raised like a banner; a standard bearer
He stands out as the leader. He is exalted. He is the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10)

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be the Root of Jesse standing for a banner of the people; to Him the nations shall seek; and His resting place shall be glorious.

Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a Leader and Commander of peoples.

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a name which is above every name,
Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly ones, and of earthly ones, and of ones under the earth;

The chief of sinners needs the “chiefest” of Saviors. - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary


As for the rest of his description, let's compare it to Daniel's description:
Daniel 2:32 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33 its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay.
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them in pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Beginning with the golden head, Daniel describes some past human empires.
Gold=Byzantium Empire
Chest/arms are silver=Medo-Persian Empire
Loins/thighs are brass=Greek Empire
Legs are iron=Roman Empire
Feet are mixture of iron and clay=our days.

Notice how it goes from gold to clay and how it goes from finest to basest materials. But in these verses of Song of Solomon (5:1-16), Jesus is head to toes finest gold and finest materials. There is nothing base about Jesus and His Kingdom! Jesus is the Rock that shatters the statue in Daniel and His Kingdom becomes the mountain. When His Kingdom comes then we will once again live on the Mountain. There is no end to His Kingdom! I am a citizen of Jesus' Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. And I will eternally be a citizen of His Kingdom. I am His Child. I am a member of His Church (not a denomination or a local brick church but one of His true believers) and my eternity is secured! PRAISE BE TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!!!

Yours can be too. If you will believe upon Him and be saved then you can be one of His. You can experience the love relationship with Jesus. You don't have to be an unbeliever. You don't have to be a "nominal Christian". You don't have to be an outsider-looking-in. You don't have to wonder what makes Him different. You can know this love for yourself. God loves you, He wants you. He created you! There is no sin that He cannot forgive. If you think that you have sinned and cannot be forgiven for what you've done, then you've placed yourself in a position above God. There is no limit to God and to His Love and Forgiveness! In fact, the more damaged or sinful you are, the more love you will experience because you know from whence you came. Those who are forgiven much, love much. The more we are forgiven, the more we are thankful for. The only unforgivable sin is the one of rejecting Christ's work on the cross as the Holy Spirit presents it to you. If you are presented with the news of Jesus Christ and His Love and Forgiveness and you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart... then you have a choice to make. You can choose Jesus or you can choose to turn your back on Jesus. If you continue to reject the work of the Holy Spirit to bring you salvation, even until your dying breath, then you have made the choice to reject Him and you are lost for an eternity in Hell. This is NOT what God wants! It's why He sent the Holy Spirit to this world so that the Holy Spirit could work on each human heart to try and bring them to the knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ! It's why Jesus died for us, all of us! But we do have a choice. And if we continue to choose to reject the call of Christ on our heart, and die in that rejection, then you would be lost.

If you have read this far, then you have heard the plan of salvation. What is your choice this day?

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