We have come to the place in the Song that has kept it out of Sunday School for a hundred years. But today, we will boldly go where no Sunday School teacher has gone before. [slight exaggeration there]
Your stature is like a palm tree,
and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit.
Song of Songs 7:7-8 ESV
Let’s clear the air here. Solomon uses the “B” word liberally here in chapter 7. When we looked at this back in chapter 4, I said that Solomon speaks of breasts in two ways. In chapter 4 He speaks of their beauty. The beauty of Christ is described in the fact that He the embodiment of both Grace and Truth, His life is a marriage of both mercy and justice.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 ESV
Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. - Psalm 85:10 NASB
Notice I did not say grace and truth are in balance in the life of Christ. I’ve heard many speak of a Christian life in balance, but I don’t think that’s what is called for. Jesus is not 1/2 full of grace and 1/2 full of truth. He doesn’t temper His grace with truth, or visa versa. He is full of grace and He is full of truth.
Today Solomon speaks of breasts and their role in nurture.
We said last week that the palm tree grows where few can grow - reaches deep into the earth to find sustenance and then produces fruit that offers that same life to others.
Our Bride has walked through trials and temptations, and has learned how to stay connected to the Vine even in the desert times of life. She has learned the truth in Christ’s promise dwell with and in us, come what may.
I hear many quote the promises of the Lord to always be with us and in us, but have you ever notice that every one of these promises (that I have found anyway) is in the context of our going?
Christ famously promises His presence with us to the end of the age:
… and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:20 NASB
But notice, this is the Great Commission - He is promising His presence with us ‘as we go.’
John 14 gives us another great example of this. In Verse 12 tells us that believers will do greater works than He did during His earthly ministry. In verse 13 and 14 He promises to do anything we ask in His name. This is all followed by some of the clearest declarations of His promise His presence in us and with us in verses 16 – 31. There we see a promise that Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be with and in the believer’s life as we follow Him and partner with Him.
So it is in the Song. Our bride has come to a place in her life where she is ministering, even when His presence is not felt. Her very life is an evangelistic tool in His hands. Her passion for Him demonstrates how wonderful it is to be in relationship with the Groom.
He promises to go up and take hold, and I take this to mean that Jesus will support the fruit of Her life and ministry. He will not let her stand alone as she supplies those around her with the fruit borne in her life.
This is a great promise for us as we take what He has done in us, and bring it to the world around us.
Lord, Help me to be a palm in the spiritual desert of this day. Allow me to be a source for others who are starving and dehydrated. Let it be said of me that rivers of living water flow out of his inner most being. I thank You that You are the source of all life, and You give it freely to those who come to You.
Stay connected to the vine.