We will make for you ornaments of gold with beads of silver. (Song of Songs 1:11 NASB)
The two most precious materials of ancient times – Gold and Silver.
This is how the Shepherd king intends to deck out his maiden fair.
Can you imagine how our maiden feels when she hears this from the mouth of the one she adores? Remember we are still looking at her recovery from feeling dark and frustrated by her inability to keep her affairs in order.
When her Man sees her, He sees a fashion model, who should be wearing the finest jewelry.
But what does the silver and gold represent? Are they simply a sign that the Lord wants to lavish us with good things, wants to deck us out in splendor and majesty?
Mike Bickle says the gold represents divinity and the silver salvation and I like that. Peter tells us in one of my top 10 favorite verses:
…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4 NASB)
We are adorned in gold – partakers of the divine nature – and sparkling with silver – rescued from the corruption of the world though His marvelous salvation.
So I am good with that.
Then as I was getting ready to write this I was doing a bit of a search and found this little passage in Zechariah.
Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones. And it will come about in all the land,” Declares the LORD, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’ (Zechariah 13:7-9 NASB)
In this little parable the Father allows the sword (the Cross) to destroy the Shepherd (Jesus) and those who lightly follow Him are scattered.
The gold is tested and the silver refined.
Gold is your faithfulness when tested by adversity. As in the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13 where the sun come and scorches the seedlings with no root – so it is with the fire used to test the believer. We will go through the fire, and your faithfulness will be tested.
As this happens, silver is refined. Your purity of character is enhanced by the testing you walk through.
Back to the Song – so it is with our maiden. Her initial encounters with adversity have not shaken her love for the Shepherd a bit, but intensified them. This demonstrates that she is worthy of adornment in gold.
These trials of her faith have purified her, and so she is worthy to be decked out in silver.
So it is with you, beloved. Remain faithful as circumstances and people attempt to separate you from the Lover of your soul, and He will adorn you with silver and gold. And this is a good place to start with Jesus.
Paul uses the same metaphor in 2 places:
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13 NASB)
Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. (2 Timothy 2:20 NASB)
So you see, though we start our walk with Christ in crisis over our own failure, and our inability to keep our spiritual house in order (our unkempt vineyards) He sees our faithfulness and adorns us with the most precious of goods.
God is so good! What a wonderful salvation!
See you next week!