From Song of Solomon 5:10-16… This passage sets forth the excellence of the King (Jesus). The bride was asked, “What makes your beloved more than another’s beloved?” She answers their question by describing him. She does not badmouth her husband. Revelation 19:10 teaches that the “spirit of prophecy” reveals Jesus. This passage in Song of Solomon describes the Lord Jesus Christ. The bride’s description of her spouse was in her heart. That’s where we should have a good understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Yes,” she said, “my beloved is different, and here’s the reason.” If you were asked, “What’s so special about your husband?” what would you say?
Song of Solomon 5:10… “My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand” (KJV). He is divinely pure and vibrant with life. The word “ruddy” refers to Adam. Man in Genesis was ruddy, earthly. “My beloved is a quickening spirit.” Christ is a quickening spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). He is the distinguished One, the King of kings, the Lord of lords. He is the chosen of God. He is my Redeemer, my Provider, and my Friend.
Song of Solomon 5:11… “His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven” (KJV). His “head” is the head of God, divine, and He is the head of the church. Jesus is the fullness of God. Colossians 2:9 says, “In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” The word “black” here refers to there being no decay or loss of power. Jesus has not lost His power.
Song of Solomon 5:12… “His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set” (KJV). This speaks of vision, insight, perception, and gentleness. The white of the eyes refers to having no impurities. The words “fitly set” mean that his eyes miss nothing. He sees things in their true light (Revelation 5:6, Isaiah 11:1-2).
Song of Solomon 5:13… “His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet-smelling myrrh” (KJV). Myrrh was a spice of the holy anointing oil and speaks of the cross and purity of fragrance. Myrrh also speaks of inspiration. Christ destroyed the wicked one by His fragrance. Christ’s lips speak truth.
Song of Solomon 5:14… “His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires” (KJV). Skilled hands are referenced here. Rings speak of authority and the ability to carry out God’s purposes. “His belly” speaks of emotions, feelings, compassion, mercy, loving kindness. Sapphire was the stone of Simeon and it speaks of hearing. A good husband listens to his spouse. Attentiveness toward the needs of one’s wife is important. Christ is very attentive toward us. Beryl was the stone of the tribe of Dan. It speaks of making wise decisions and discernment.
Song of Solomon 5:15… “His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars” (KJV). This is talking about strength and endurance. It speaks of a stable walk and the power to stand when the going gets tough. Jesus carries the weight of the entire creation and His household, the church. His countenance here, “stately (excellent) as the cedar,” refers to his stature. Jesus carries himself well; so should every husband. The word “marble” (Hebrew šȇš) is the same word that is used for “fine linen” elsewhere (Genesis 41:42, Exodus 26:1, 39:29), which speaks of righteousness.
Song of Solomon 5:16… “His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem” (KJV). The “mouth” as used here speaks of his palate, his likes and dislikes. “’My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’” (John 4:34, NIV). Christ’s ministry speaks life (John 6:63). He is altogether lovely; that is, you can’t say a bad thing about Him. There is no fault in Him. “This is my beloved and this is my friend.” Husbands and wives should speak well of each other. If you do not, your love is out of order. Wives, how do you describe your husband? Husbands, are you the distinguished one in your home? Are you “stately” in your wife’s eyes?
Pastor George Belobaba
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