How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
Song of Songs 4:10
Our Husband, the Shepherd King is speaking into the relationship as it stands with the maiden. His words, the words of Jesus, speak life into this brand new marriage.
Sister is possibly the closest of human relationships.
Sisters share secrets.
Sisters hold confidence.
Sisters love without condition.
OK – maybe it is not always this way, but that would be the ideal.
Bride implies intimacy
Bride implies partnership
Bride implies knowledge of the deepest needs and desires
Our Lord draws us into relationship.
It always strikes me that we come to the Lord as servants, and never really graduate away from that core of serving a worthy Creator, Savior, Master.
But we do gain further levels of relationship, as we spend our live with Him.
He calls us His friend.
He calls us His brother.
He calls us His bride.
I love this verse in Isaiah 54
For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the LORD of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.
He is Husband, Maker, Lord, Redeemer, Holy One and God.