Post 114 / The Next Language
November 1, 2022
The Hunt II
For some the love story of Canticles is tarnished by the number of wives and concubines already in Solomon’s harem. If this is truly to represent the Bride of Christ or the Church it actually brings logic to the details of Solomon’s wives being in the Bible at all.
Through the songs there are three categories of female participants that could fit the church age. Commentators suggest that the “virgins” or “daughters of Jerusalem” represent spirit onlookers that chime in when appropriate. Note the number of angelic appearances that participated when Jesus and John the Baptist showed up. And then the heavenly host that burst into joyous affirmation with the good news to the shepherds.
The queens in the song were probably political marriages representing national alliances. Could those represent the nations that are won to our Savior and his kingdom? Could the concubines represent the righteous remnant saved out of Israel and/or law/works dominated religious backgrounds?
We, as believers, have been pursued and won to Christ just as individually and intimately as was the Shulamite but it should not surprise or offend us to find that in the Bride we are a collective and very diverse treasure. This would enhance the Lord’s emphasis on unity and John’s passion for love.
Nor should it surprise us to find that our mission in Christ is to assist to complete the Bride. It is amazing to see that both the Spirit and the Bride are wooing the lost to come to our Lover.
[Rev 22:17 KJV] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
The tactics coming out of a love relationship are so in contrast to those coming out of a hunt to kill. Unfortunately history is filled with too many examples of the latter. Those who have a choice between having their heads cut off or convert stand in stark contrast to the ploys of courtship and the tactics of love.
[1Co 13:4-7 ESV] 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This certainly sounds more like the fruit one would expect to come out of the honeymoon suite. As we team up with the Holy Spirit to extend the invitation (Good News) may we be enabled to demonstrate the sacrificial, spirit of love that could say to his killers, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” [Luke 23:34 KJV]
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