The Song Of Solomon 4.1-7

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Oh,you are beautiful, my darling!
Oh, you are beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are like doves.
Your hair is like a flock of female goats
descending from Mount Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep
coming up from the washing place;
each of them has a twin,
and not one of them is missing.
Your lips are like a scarlet thread;
your mouth is lovely.
Your forehead behind your veil
is like a slice of pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David
built with courses of stones;
one thousand shields are hung on it—
all shields of valiant warriors.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of the gazelle
grazing among the lilies.
Until the dawn arrives
and the shadows flee,
I will go up to the mountain of myrrh,
and to the hill of frankincense.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling!
There is no blemish in you!”

(The Song Of Solomon 4.1-7, NET)

After a seven-fold description of his bride (vv.1-5) Solomon sums up and says:

You are altogether beautiful, my darling!
There is no blemish in you!”

The language he chooses makes us think of sacrificial lambs, doesn’t it?

“…he must present his offering to the LORD: one male lamb in its first year without blemish for a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish for a purification offering, one ram without blemish for a peace offering…”

(Numbers 6.14, NET, emphasis added)

Yes, Solomon is admiring the physical beauty of his bride, but on a deeper level he is saying that he believes that she is the best possible companion for him, she is all that he needs (Genesis 2.18).

The same is true for the ultimate sacrificial lamb (John 1.29).

The best possible fit for the needs of humanity was and is a Saviour who could come and reconnect us to Almighty God (Genesis 3.23-24). Jesus offered Himself without blemish (Hebrews 9.14) as the sacrifice needed to clear sin’s debt against you and to restore what was broken. Accepting this by grace and through faith allows you and I to stand, without blemish before His glorious presence (Jude 1.24).

As Solomon views his bride, so we view the Lord Jesus!

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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