Continuing His praise of the bride, the bridegroom speaks glowingly of her virtuous life. In this podcast we unpack some of the poetic phrases that are found in this section of the song like "garden enclosed", "fountain of gardens" and the meaning of the brides beckoning of the north and south winds. Our prayer is that the Spirit will blow upon your heart and that these truths will encourage your delight in the Lord!
In this part of the song the bride says "I will go". Her willingness to go inspires the Bridegroom to call her a bride for the first time in the Song. The Hebrew words translated "I will go" have a powerful connection all the way back to when God called Abraham "to go". The ravished heart of God is expressed without reservation in this chapter. Be encouraged to know more of the deep love Yeshua has for you as you listen to this podcast. You are made spotless by His blood!
Breaking the silence, the bridegroom speaks lavish praise over the bride in this chapter. The last time he spoke directly to her was in chapter two when he called her to rise up and go with him over the mountains. Initially she would not follow him but eventually her longing to be with the one she loves compels her to leave the comfort zone behind and respond in obedience. This sacrificial obedience awes the bridegroom. He is overcome by her devotion.
Learn the significance of hair like goats coming down a mountain, teeth like shorn sheep, a neck like a tower and other unconventional romantic metaphors. Be inspired by the depth of God's love for you!
The Bridegroom has come through the wilderness and has come to the wedding day. This is the day that Revelation speaks of when it says " Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come." Carried along in a palanquin the Bride and Bridegroom are enveloped in love. At the height of poetic language, the interior of this carriage is said to be "paved with love".
In Israel the month we are now in, the month of Elul is made into an acrostic spelling "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li", "I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine". Hear more about this special month in this podcast. Also hear the story of our new baby "Gilead Mori" and how his name connects to the Song of Songs.
In this section an unnamed onlooker sees the approaching Bridegroom and says "Who is this?" Spoken with a sense of wonder and awe; this question should characterize and fuel our own hunger for the Lord. Psalm 24 expresses the same intrigue when it says "Who is this King of glory?". We can keep asking the question "who is this?" and never exhaust the glory and wealth of who He is. He is an unending fountain of fulfillment and hope. Though wrought with potential dangers, the King's procession is well guarded by warriors who will ensure the safe arrival of the whole company to the wedding feast. Entrust yourself to Yeshua. He will lead you safely on into the glorious place He has prepared for you.
The sweet fellowship that she had enjoyed earlier has now come to an end. She is left in her bed of comfort but inside she is crying out for closeness to the Bridegroom. Though distraught at this break in relationship, the compromises that led to this separation will not have the final say in her life. She resolves to obey the call to rise up in pursuit of the One her soul loves. Be encouraged to get out of bed and join your Savior in the restoration of the world. The fields are ripe and waiting!
In pursuit of greater fruitfulness the bride asks for help to overcome the fruit-stealing little foxes. These little foxes symbolize the small compromises that when left unchecked cause great damage to the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Learn also of the imparted beauty the Bride enjoys as she abides in the cleft of the Rock. Throughout the ups and downs of the journey to maturity be encouraged to hear the voice of your Beloved saying “Let Me see your face let Me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely”.
In this season the Bride is invited to bound over the mountains of difficulty with her strong and agile Beloved. This is a call to leave the comfort zone, to take the risk and follow Him beyond the wall of what is most familiar to her. Did you know that the words sing and prune are the same word in Hebrew? Be encouraged to sing your way through the pruning and come forth in stronger and stronger love.
When all that happens in life is interpreted through the lens of a Bridegroom who has your absolute best in mind you are made strong to overcome obstacles. Nothing escapes His attention. Every pain, every struggle is actually producing good in your life. This is the way that life is understood under the banner of love. The bride is confident even through much suffering that she is treasured by her King. Live under His banner. It is the best place to be!
In this portion of the bride's journey she discovers the paradox of spiritual growth. She finds that the place of sitting down, of resting in the provision of her Bridegroom is the place of awakening. By simply sitting down and receiving the goodness of God our spirits are revived in such a way that cannot be accomplished in our own human striving. Are you feeling spiritually dry or worn out? Sit down in the shade of what Yeshua has done for you. This is the place where you will be awakened and renewed in love.