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Happy Valentine’s Day! As I was thinking about sharing on my FaceBook and YouTube High 5 today, Song of Solomon 5:10-16 came to my mind. This is the maiden sharing with the daughters of Jerusalem (immature believers) about her beloved. I want to break down those verses for you because they are so full of Jewish idioms and poetic phrases. As you meditate on these traits, representing our Bridegroom Jesus Christ, I pray that your love and appreciation for Him will be magnified this Valentine’s Day of 2020.

Vs 10, (The Shulamite) My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.

  • White in Hebrew is tsach, dazzling, glowing, bright (represents purity, separated from any sin)
  • Ruddy in Hebrew is adom, red, ruddy, full of life and power (from adam, Lexicon reads ‘whiteness and ruddiness belongs to the description of youthful beauty’)
  • Chief in Hebrew is dagal, banner, standard; to look, behold (Jesus is not only our banner, but our banner carrier)
  • Ten Thousandrebabah, often used for a very large number, millions, multiple

Vs 11, His head is like the finest gold; his locks are wavy, and black as a raven.

  • Head speaks of his leadership
    • Like finest gold – life of God, superior to all others
    • Locks – hair, dedication to God (Nazarite) and committed to the Church
    • Wavy in Hebrew is taltal, bushy, flowing (used this 1 time in the Bible)
    • Black as a raven – describing the color
      • Grey would be diminished of power, strength
      • Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever – eternal power!

Vs 12, His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

  • Eyes speak of discernment, understanding, wisdom, knowledge
    • Here they also express emotions – tears of tenderness
    • Doves – singleness of vision

Vs 13, His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh.

  • Cheeks speak of emotions, passions, pleasures
    • Spices describe the diversity of His affections for us
  • Lips – speech, words
    • Lilies – pure
    • Dripping with myrrh – selfless
  • Watchman Nee comments, The droppings of myrrh do not mean just grace; they are related to His death. This denotes the grace that issues forth from His death. His lips drop myrrh; every word of grace that comes out of His mouth is based on His death. Whether it is, “Your sins are forgiven…Go in peace” (7:48-50), “He who believes has eternal life” (John 6:47), or “Rise and take up your mat and walk” (Mark 2:9), all these words are based on His death

Vs 14, His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.

  • Hands speak of activity
    • Rods of gold – divine character (following the perfect will of God)
    • KJV says gold ‘rings’galiyl, turning, folding rod, circuit (will not slip off)
    • Beryltarshiysh, amber colored stone
      • Bullinger comments, Adorned with the gems of Tarshish (alluding to the nails, of which great care was taken
      • Watchman Nee- Therefore, the rings are gold. “Beryl” is mentioned a few times in the Old Testament, including Ezekiel 1:16 and Daniel 10:6. In both places, the meaning is stability…. Hence, both the gold rings and the beryl speak of the stability of the Lord’s work
  • Body/Bowels – compassion (moved with compassion)
    • KJV – “his belly [is as] bright ivory overlaid [with] sapphires”
    • Carved Ivory – rare and expensive; an animal must die to get the ivory
    • Sapphires – “the body of heaven in his clearness” (Exo 24:10)
      • His feelings come directly from heaven

Vs 15,  His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

  • Legs – His walk, forward motion; administration of His purposes; upright posture
    • Pillars – strength, support
    • Marble – strong and permanent
    • Gold – divinity
      • She mentions gold 3 times: thoughts of His mind, works of His hands, stability of His feet – all controlled by God
  • Countenancemar’eh, what is seen; sight, importation of glory
    • Lebanon – stately and honorable
    • Cedars – very tall tree; high and lifted up

Vs 16, His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,
and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

  • Mouthchek, taste, gums, palate (2:3; 7:9)
    • A taste tester would taste everything before giving it to the king; here our King has tasted everything before giving it to us.
  • After 10 descriptions of her Beloved, she sums it into “altogether lovely”

 

Songs 5:8, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I am lovesick!”

Watchman Nee, “When she failed to find the needed help from men of spiritual caliber, she now turned with her request to those who were spiritually less mature than herself.”

  • Before she was”lovesick’ because of an overflow of emotions. (2:5) But now it is a hunger for love in this time of dryness.

Songs 5:9, (The Daughters of Jerusalem) “What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest of women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?”

  •  They do not understand that “NONE” can compare with her Beloved.
  • When someone receives Jesus and is totally changed, who wants nothing but to sit at His feet – people around them do not understand what they are going through on the inside. They see Jesus in the History book and not in their heart. They do not KNOW Him intimately.

Now the Maiden will begin to describe her Beloved to those who are spiritually immature.

Songs 5:10, “My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand. (11) His head is like the finest gold; his locks are wavy, and black as a raven. (12) His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. (13) His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh. (14) His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires. (15)His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold.
His countenance 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!”

  • Whitetsach, dazzling, glowing, bright (purity, separated from any sin)
  • Ruddyadam, red, ruddy, full of life and power
  • Chiefdagal, banner, standard, to look, behold (Jesus is not only our banner, but also our banner carrier)
  • Ten Thousandrebabah, often used for a very large number, millions, multiple
  • Head – leadership; like finest gold, life of God, superior to others
  • Locks – hair represents dedication to God, commitment to the Church
    • Wavytaltal, bushy, flowing (used only once)
    • Black as a raven – describing the color of the locks. Grey represents diminished strength.  Our Savior is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Jesus has eternal power.
  • Eyes – discernment, understanding, wisdom, knowledge (eyes of the seat of expression)  Here they also express emotions, ‘tears of tenderness’
    • Doves – singleness of vision (Rev 1 says His eyes were like flames of fire – doves’s eyes are red)
  • Cheeks – emotions, passions, pleasure
    • Spices describe the diversity of His affections for us
  • Lips – speech, words
    • Lilies – pure
    • Dripping with Myrrh – selfless
  • Hands – speak of activity
    • Rods of gold – divine character (following the perfect will of God)
      • KJV says gold ‘rings’, galiyl, turning, folding, rod, circuit (will not slip)
    • Beryltarshiysh,  “Adorned with the gems of Tarshish (eluding to the nails, of which great care was taken.” (Bullinger’s Companion Bible, pg 926)
    • Watchman Nee – “Beryl is mentioned a few times in the Old Testament, including Ezekiel 1:16 and Daniel 10:6. In both places, the meaning is ‘stability’…Hence, both the rings of gold and beryl speak of the stability of the Lord’s work.
  • Body / Bowels – compassion, moved with compassion.
    • KJV, “His belly [is as] bright ivory overlaid [with] sapphires.”
    • Carved Ivory – rare and expensive; an animal must die to get the ivory
    • Sapphires – “the body of heaven in his clearness” (Exodus 24:10). His feelings come directly from heaven!
  • Legs – his walk, forward motion; administration of  his purpose; upright position
    • Pillars – strength, support
    • Marble – strong and permanent
    • Gold – divinity
      • She mentioned gold 3 times: thoughts of his mind, works of his hands, stability of His feet – all divinely controlled by God
  • Countenancemar’eh, what is seen, sight, importation of glory
    • Lebanon – stately & honorable
    • Cedars – very tall tree; high and lifted up
  • Mouthchek, taste, gums, palate (2:3; 7:9)
    • A taste tester would taste everything before giving it to the king; her our King has tasted everything before giving it to us!
  • After the 10 expressions of her Beloved, she sums it into “altogether lovely”.
    • This is my Beloved, This is my Friend!