XI. JESUS PRAISES HER AFTER THE SEASON OF TESTING (SONG 6:4-10)

4"You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, As lovely as Jerusalem, As awesome as an army with banners.

5"Turn your eyes away from me, For they have confused me; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Gilead.

6"Your teeth are like a flock of ewes Which have come up from [their] washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

7"Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

He knows her perfectly and he desires all that she is!

 

8"There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, And maidens without number;

9[But] my dove, my perfect one, is unique: She is her mother's only [daughter]; She is the pure [child] of the one who bore her.

  •  She is his Favorite one 
  • she is the one he has chosen

The maidens saw her and called her blessed, The queens and the concubines [also], and they praised her, [saying],

  • On the day of the Lord the earth will see the bride - the angels will see the bride - all creation will see her

10Who is this that grows like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners?'

  • Now she shines with HIS glory that is upon her!  Victorious and holy!

XII. THE VINDICATION OF THE PERSECUTED BRIDE (SONG 6:11-7:9A)

11"I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the blossoms of the valley, To see whether the vine had budded [Or] the pomegranates had bloomed.

  • She has taken on his desire to see His people grow and become mature
  • Maturity is marked by a desire to see other’s mature - a taking on of HIS passions
  • Ministry that comes by a connection to His passion NOT as a desire for recognition or fulfillment or purpose

12"Before I was aware, my soul set me [Over] the chariots of my noble people."

  • Out of nowhere she is sucked into taking care of them
  • Her love for them puts her in a place or ministry toward them

13"Come back, come back, O Shulammite; Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!" "Whyshould you gaze at the Shulammite, As at the dance of the two companies?

  • The two responses to her ministry
    • one group understands that she is the beloved of the King and they see in her what HE sees in her
    • the other group hates her - they make fun of her - why would you gaze at her?
      • being resisted is a part of the divine pattern of growing in love for Him

1"How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince's daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, The work of the hands of an artist.

2"Your navel is [like] a round goblet Which never lacks mixed wine; Your belly is like a heap of wheatFenced about with lilies.

3"Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle.

4"Your neck is like a tower of ivory, Your eyes [like] the pools in Heshbon By the gate of Bath-rabbim; Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon, Which faces toward Damascus.

5"Your head crowns you like Carmel, And the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads; [The] kingis captivated by [your] tresses.

6"How beautiful and how delightful you are, [My] love, with [all] your charms!

7"Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are [like its] clusters.

8"I said, 'I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.' Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples,

9And your mouth like the best wine!" "It goes [down] smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently [through] the lips of those who fall asleep.

  • The king comes and reminder her that her ONE PASSION should be for HIM!
  • Her identity and her worth comes from her relationship with Him and His desire for her.
  • He is moved by her choices, her thought life,  her passion and sensitivity to him etc.

XIII. THE BRIDE’S MATURE PARTNERSHIP WITH JESUS (SONG 7:9B-8:4)

10"I am my beloved's, And his desire is for me.

  • This is where she lives
  • this is where she finds herself
  • ministry is about him and for him
  • all of her life is about this - she belongs to Him and He desires her

 

11"Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country, Let us spend the night in the villages.

12"Let us rise early [and go] to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded [And its] blossomshave opened, [And whether] the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.

13"The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice [fruits], Both new and old,Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.

  • Her life vision has come true - she travels with Him - she is doing what HE is doing
  • She is coming into maturity and she is being used to bring others to maturity

1"Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. [If] I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either.2"I would lead you [and] bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.3"Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me.” 4"I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken [my] love Until she pleases."

  • Her passion for him is not dimmed it has GROWN
    • that you were like a brother to me - she wishes she could express passion for him in the open without stirring the abuse of the bride.
  • Even though she has gone a long way - suffered many times - she only loves him more
  • The house of my mother - the honeymoon - She longs to stay connected to her first love in the midst of her maturity

XIV. THE BRIDAL SEAL OF MATURE LOVE (SONG 8:5-7)

5"Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?" "Beneath the apple tree I awakenedyou; There your mother was in labor with you, There she was in labor [and] gave you birth.

  • She has learned to lean on his strength in the midst of her difficult times
  • “I awakened you” - the desire she learned in the secret place awakens her to seek Him BEFORE he turns away
  • She has come a long way since she was first born to him

6"Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The [very] flame of the LORD.

  • He says - yes things have changed but it is not enough
  • He says ask me for the seal of divine love - that she would love him with divine Holy Spirit enablement
    • a jealousy that is as demanding as the grave - nothing escapes it!
    • much MORE love than she has known
      • a love that cannot be diminished or destroyed
      • a love that continues to grow and burn deeper and further
  • The first commandment first place!!!
  • The seal on her heart - her passion, her emotions, her inner life
  • The seal on her arm - her outer life, all she does, all she accomplishes
    • touched by and marked by her love for him - it all smells like her love for Him
    • flows from her love for Him - her love for him is WHY she does what she does
    • is empowered by her love for Him

7"Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised."

  • This love cannot be quenched by any means
  • This love is worth more than anything else
    • the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return

XV. THE BRIDE’S FINAL INTERCESSION AND VIEW OF HERSELF (SONG 8:8-14)

8"We have a little sister, And she has no breasts; What shall we do for our sister On the day when she is spoken for? 9"If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar."

  • Now she turns to her sister - one who is about to undergo the journey that she has gone through and she pledges to help her
    • If she is a wall we will build her a battlement of silver - we will prepare her for battle
    • if she is a door we will barricade her - we will keep her safe
  • it is a promise to the daughters of jerusalem that she will do better than the watchmen who beat her.

10"I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.

  • She says “that was me” and now I am safe because of His love

11"Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one was to bringa thousand [shekels] of silver for its fruit. 12"My very own vineyard is at my disposal; The thousand [shekels] are for you, Solomon, And two hundredare for those who take care of its fruit."

  • Solomon’s vineyard is used as an example
  • She says - my life and all I am is for YOU Jesus with honor for those who helped me find you
    • she shows honor even to those who beat her - I love this

13"O you who sit in the gardens, [My] companions are listening for your voice-- Let me hear it!"

  • The King now says - let me hear you calling for me again!
  • He sets her as an example to those who would learn to love him

14"Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young stag On the mountains of spices."

  • She calls to him once again.

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