The Song of Solomon is one of my favorite books of the Bible. A long time ago, I heard a preacher expound on the book as a drama with three main characters: a king, a shepherd, and a young girl. I’ve never forgotten that and I always see the play as I read the story.
I won’t go into that today, but I did want to expound on one chapter. Just as people today want to put Jesus into the same category as other prophets and world changers, A group of women long ago surrounded a young girl and wanted to know what was so special about her “beloved”.
Song of Solomon 5:9 “What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women [taunted the ladies]? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you should give us such a charge?” (Amplified Classic version)
In her response from verses ten through sixteen, she starts at his head and describes his features and what is special about him. I found myself questioning why those features would be important - his head, his eyes, his cheeks, etc. But yesterday I found such examples of my sweet Savior in her words.
vs. 11 “His head is [as precious as] the finest gold;” - Kingship and wisdom
vs 12 “His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks” - He looks with gentleness
vs 13 “His cheeks are like a bed of spices or balsam, like banks of sweet herbs yielding fragrance. His lips are like bloodred anemones or lilies distilling liquid [sweet-scented] myrrh.” - Myrrh is a medicinal oil for preserving and cleaning of wounds.
vs 14 “His hands are like rods of gold set with [nails of] beryl or topaz.” My Savior’s hands are set with nails on my behalf.
vs. 15 “ His legs are like strong and steady pillars of marble set upon bases of fine gold.” - He is my rock. (Ps. 92:15)
vs. 16 “His voice and speech are exceedingly sweet; yes, he is altogether lovely [the whole of him delights and is precious]. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!”
There is so much here in these verses. I would love to hear your comments on what you see there too!