The Song of Solomon relates the beauty found in marriage as our Creator designed it to be. Solomon portrays young love in courtship and the ever-growing love found when the relationship is consummated.
Women today might not appreciate some of the comparisons he uses to describe the beauty of his bride.
“thy hair is as a flock of goats”, “thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate”, “they neck is like the tower of David.”
But to his bride Solomon makes it clear she’s beautiful and to be desired. In response 3 times she makes it evident she is secure in her bridegroom’s love.
“My beloved is mine, and I am his…I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.” (2:16;6:3; 7:10).
This song of marriage not only relates Solomon’s love for his bride but it also gives us a picture of 2 other love relationships.
Yaweh God with Israel:
“For thy Maker is thine husband;
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel:
The God of the whole earth shall he be called…Isaiah 54:5;
I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God,
and thou becamest mine…
And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty:
for it was perfect through my comeliness,
which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.”
Ezekiel 16: 8b, 14.
Christ Jesus, Son of God, with the church:
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy;
for I have espoused you to one husband,
that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ…
2 Corinthians 11:2;
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,
as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church;
and he is the saviour of the body…
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it…
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh;
but nourisheth and cherisheth it,
even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
FOR THIS CAUSE SHALL A MAN LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER,
AND SHALL BE JOINED UNTO HIS WIFE,
AND THEY TWO SHALL BE ONE FLESH.
This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
In the days of Christ the engagement or espousal bound a couple by covenant. This lasted until the groom made a home for his bride, usually about a year. Then he would come and take her to be with him. When she heard of his coming she would take her friends to meet him.
Today the church, which is the bride of Christ, waits for her bridegroom. He promised to return for her, for us who are followers of Christ.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself:
that where I am there ye may be also.”
What will that day be like when our Beloved Bridegroom comes for His bride?
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him…
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air;
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Thessalonians 4:14,16,17.
Then the celebration that never ends begins.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:
for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:
for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me,
These are the true sayings of God.”
When will our Beloved come for us? I don’t know. He tells me in his word, soon. That’s what I believe. He said He would and He will. In telling the parable of the 10 virgins, Christ says,
“And at midnight there was a cry made,
Behold, the bridegroom cometh;
go ye out to meet him…
and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage:
and the door was shut…
for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.”
(from Matthew 25:1-13).
“My beloved is mine, and I am his…I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.”
There was nothing of ourselves making us desirable, yet, He does, and clothes us in fine white linen. How amazing is His love towards us.
As this world grows more and more out of control, how can believing these truths give you comfort?
How do these truths effect the way followers of Christ live while waiting for His return?