Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
The fragrance of your breath like apples,
And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.
The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved,
Moving gently the lips of sleepers.
Song of Songs 7:8-9 NKJV
Today we look at the fact that when Christ sees His bride standing in her maturity He gives her a commission.
Notice now that we have a commissioning, or a declaration over her. He is now speaking into her ministry. “Let now…” Here He speaks a 3 part commissioning over her life.
Breasts like clusters of the Vine – Not only is she called to supply fruit, but be a source of the New Wine. Remember in John 7 where Jesus said:
"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. - John 7:38-39 NASB
The Lord has made us a source of life for others. The life and Spirit that God pours into us in the quiet place, flows through us into others by design.
Fragrance of your breath – this speaks of the unseen beauty of the bride. And this time it is not perfume, but just the aroma of her breath. Think of it like this. When she speaks, not only do the words have impact, but there is the beautiful fragrance of a fruitful life that just flows from her. It is not just her words that bring life, but the Spirit within her speaks by her very presence.
The roof of her mouth – The roof of her mouth here is the Hebrew for the palate or taste of her mouth. The sense of this is that what comes from her mouth – and here as in other parts of the song, we are talking about the kisses from her mouth – are refreshing. That which come through intimacy with Him, brings a refreshing to her, and she goes forth in ministry, yet is still connected with Him for her own refreshing. She is always sending kisses back to Jesus. I take this to mean that as she goes forth bringing the Spirit to others, she is bringing kisses of praise and worship back to Jesus.
When He speaks of the ‘best wine’ it reminds me of Jesus’ turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. The host's holding of the best wine for last impresses the wedding guests.
Our fruit as believers just keeps getting better and better, and it builds throughout our life. Here the mature bride is bringing forth the best wine she has offered due to her intimacy with Jesus.
It goes down smoothly – Sometimes in our youthful zeal we bring harsh words and there is a place for this. But our words, as we bring the gospel, must be accompanied by a demonstration of the love of God. We invite men and women to a good God who has done all to buy us back from the death awaiting those who reject Jesus. It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. (Romans 2:4) The wine that the Spirit allows to flows though us, as we mature, can be smooth going down. Our mature presentation can bring truth and correction without breaking the spirit of the hearer.
Moving gently the lips of the sleepers – That which flows from our intimacy with Jesus will not only nourish those who are following, it can even to awake those who sleep, or are not spiritual alive. Like Jesus' words at the grave of Lazarus, God has anointed her words with life, and the wine of the Spirit that flows from her life will awaken those who hear her speak.
He commissions her to go forth and bring the Spirit to those around her, while living in ongoing intimacy with Him. In John 14 He tells us that as we keep His commandments He comes and manifests Himself to us and through us. He says she will go forward and bring the sweet fragrance of life to those around her, encouraging the believers and evangelizing those who do not yet know Him.
Next week we come to one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
See you then.