Here we stand with the onlookers gazing at Christ’s beautiful bride.
How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince's daughter!
The curves of your hips are like jewels,
The work of the hands of an artist.
Your navel is like a round goblet
Which never lacks mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Fenced about with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle.
Song of Songs 7:1-3 NASB
What we observe in this mature Bride - Christ’s dearest companion - is first and foremost her ability to bring forth life and nurture it.
When Christ looks on His bride, He sees her from the heart - a heavenly view of her devotion to Him. [Song of Songs 4:1-3] When others look on her beauty, they see her activities first and are drawn in to her character as they gaze more deeply.
We looked at the place of her beautiful, sandaled feet and their role in seeking and saving the lost. But her ability to bring life does not stop with her sharing of the good news.
In today’s fashion scene we’ve been trained to despise hips. When my parents were in their prime, the shape of a woman’s body would often be compared to an hourglass - today the image makers want us shooting for test tubes. All curves are unsightly in this century.
And perhaps I’m connecting dots where they don’t really connect, but with the advent of ‘hip-less’ woman there is an overwhelming increase in C-section babies. It seems to me that a woman with no hips is one who may struggle with Child birth.
[Please hear me, I am not saying there is anything wrong with C-section child birth when needed and appropriate - it’s a miracle of modern medicine - but as with much of modern medicine, I feel it’s over used.]
OK - so it doesn’t say she had huge hips - but her hips were in fact a feature of her beauty, not a disgrace passed on to her by bad genes.
And in the Song’s imagery, the beauty of the bride’s hips hint at her ability to bear children.
Much of today’s evangelism ends up in the womb of the church, but never sees the light of day. As Jesus taught in the parable of the soils, if we see evangelism as the scattering of seed, we know that some seed never bears fruit.
What we read in the Song today is the description of a woman who is well suited to bring forth a child and nurture it.
With her feet she carries this good news.
Her hips give he the ability to bear this child to full term. She does not scatter seed and abandon it on the path.
The word rendered belly is just as often interpreted as womb. Once this bride has conceived, she is a safe place for life to grow.
Breasts in the Song speak of beauty and nurture. Again, this child will come to full term, and she if prepared to nurture those she brings forth with the milk of the word.
In short - the beauty described here is in her ability to make disciples.
The founder of the Navigators, Dawson Trotman wrote a pamphlet that has been used by that organization for decades. It’s entitled “Born to Reproduce.” It is tagged with this quote:
A passionate call to maturity, spiritual reproduction and spiritual parenting to help fulfill the Great Commission.
Here’s a link to a PDF copy. It’s a call, not just to evangelism but to spiritual parenting. It’s only 16 pages and I encourage you to give it a read through.
One of the first things God told Adam and Eve was
Be fruitful and multiply … - Genesis 1:22 NASB
Jesus’ first call to the disciples was:
Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. - Matthew 4:19 NASB
And His last call was like it:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20 NASB
Today, my observation of this bride leads me to this call - ready yourself to bear and raise spiritual children.
This Song is about, at it’s core, spiritual intimacy with the Lord Jesus. By the wonderful and loving design of our Creator - intimacy leads to reproduction. [tweet this]
Lord, help me walk in this revelation. Help me open my heart to those who so desperately need to know you. Help me be a safe place for them to incubate. Help me be a nurturer to those who need milk. Help me be a godly, spiritual parent making disciples who will make disciples.