Your hair is like a flock of goats
That have descended from Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
Which have come up from their washing,
All of which bear twins,
And not one among them has lost her young.
Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
Behind your veil.
Song of Songs 6:5-7 NASB
Today we find the Shepherd King once again describing His maiden. In fact this description is one He has used before. You can find the exact words mingled with another description from Song of Songs 4:1-3
The last time He spoke these words was directly after their wedding. We saw the wedding procession in the end of chapter 3, then chapter 4 begins with the Grooms enthralling description of His beautiful bride.
It was also before the testing she walked through in chapter 5.
At their wedding, He was affirming what He knew was within her, even though it had not been tested by fire, it had not been given a chance to grow. He gave her credit for these marks of maturity (as we will see) before they were visible, even to her.
What this means to us is that God calls those things that are not, as though they are.
He speaks into our future.
And not only into our future circumstance (because that is what consumes our attention)
He speaks into our future character (because that is what consumes His attention.) [Tweet This]
The day that He breathes the breath of life into our spirit
The day He calls us His own
The day He adorns us in His wedding garment
The day He burns the filthy clothes we arrived in
The day He chooses us out of the liar’s orphanage
The day He gives us His own name
That is the day He plants His character in us.
That is the day He grafts us into the tree of life.
That is the day He clothes us in Christ.
And that is the day His view of us is 100% Christ and 0% us.
But now we find our maiden, our bride, (ourselves) having come through the fires of trial and what was...
...on our wedding day, now is blooming and bearing fruit.
She is (your are) no longer a dark but lovely stranger to grace
Not simply in possession of a promise and a future
She is becoming the image of Christ, being fashioned by the hands of the Potter into something beautiful.
Next time we will look at the specifics of this declaration of Christian maturity Christ sees in His bride, but for today know this.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6 NASB
Walk in the light.