Here Comes the Bride: The Joys of Love and Marriage (Song of Solomon 5)

Scripture reading – Song of Solomon 5

We continue King Solomon’s story of romance in today’s Scripture reading, Song of Solomon 5. While my approach to The Song of Solomon has been a literal interpretation; we also have here a portrait of God’s love for His people (Ephesians 5:25-27). King Solomon and his wedding entourage had arrived for him to claim his bride in Song of Solomon 3, and she had accepted his proposal of love (Song of Solomon 4).

The King’s Wedding Night (5:1)

Solomon had taken his bride, and expressed his joy and pleasure in his new wife and her love saying, “I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk” (5:1b). Bidding his wedding guests good night, the king retired into his palace with his beautiful Shulamite bride (5:1c).

The Young Bride’s Nightmare (5:2-9)

The young bride dreamed that her husband had departed, but then returned in the night. She dreamed he had knocked at her bedchamber door, but she had fallen asleep, and at first did not want to be disturbed (5:2b-3). Hearing her husband’s attempts to unlock the door, her heart yearned for him (5:4); however, when she opened the door he had departed into the night (5:5-6).

She then dreamed she had veiled her face, and went out into the night to seek her husband, but to no avail. When she questioned the watchmen, in the absence of the king, she dreamed they had treated her roughly (5:7). Longing for her husband, she dreamed that she had inquired of the “daughter of Jerusalem” (5:8), but they did not know her, and treated her harshly asking, “9What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?” (5:9). * Remember, this is a dream, for none would dare speak to the king’s wife in this manner.

The Young Bride’s Description of Her Husband, the King (5:10-16)

Still dreaming, and longing for her husband, the bride detailed to the young maidens the physical traits and qualities of her husband. It is my opinion that Song of Solomon 5:10-16 was not only a physical description of King Solomon, but more so that of Christ at His Second Coming. The following words and phrases in brackets is my suggestion for the application of this passage to the appearance of Christ at His Second Coming.

Song of Solomon 5:10–1610My beloved [the bride speaking] is white [speaking not of Christ’s skin color, but His holiness] and ruddy [red, His sacrificial blood], the chiefest among ten thousand [the greatest of all men; He is the sinless Son of God].

11His head is as the most fine gold [i.e. a crown of royalty Christ will wear], His locks are bushy, and black as a raven [the prime of manhood; for our LORD was put to death in His early 30’s].

12His eyes are as the eyes of doves [tender; compassionate] by the rivers of waters [tears], Washed with milk, and fitly set.

13His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers [His heavenly countenance]: His lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh [in His mouth are the words of Truth].

14His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl [that were pierced for our sins]: His belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires [His physical body that did bear the penalty of our sins].

15His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold [He is strong, Almighty God]: His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars [indicating His might and strength].

16His mouth is most sweet [Christ’s Words toward His people are grace and mercy]: yea, he is altogether lovely [He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords]. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Closing thought – The young bride’s description of her husband was moving, and beautiful. The last phrase summed up a wonderful description of love and marriage between a husband and wife. The young bride said: “This is my beloved [lover], and this is my friend [darling; companion; favorite]” (5:16b).

Lesson – Lover and friend: a happy marriage demands both. A lasting marriage consists of two souls, dedicated to a lifetime of patience and romance.

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