Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 23, 2017

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Song of Solomon chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Song+of+Solomon+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“How beautiful you are, my darling,
How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves behind your veil;
Your hair is like a flock of goats
That have descended from Mount Gilead.
2 “Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn ewes
Which have come up from their washing,
All of which bear twins,
And not one among them has lost her young.
3 “Your lips are like a scarlet thread,
And your mouth is lovely.
Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
Behind your veil.
4 “Your neck is like the tower of David,
Built with rows of stones
On which are hung a thousand shields,
All the round shields of the mighty men.
5 “Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle
Which feed among the lilies.
6 “Until the cool of the day
When the shadows flee away,
I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh
And to the hill of frankincense.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
And there is no blemish in you.”  Song of Solomon 4:1-7.

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Solomon’s love for his bride is an image of Christ’s love for His church.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
And there is no blemish in you.”  Verse 7.

And, Solomon’s statement “there is no blemish in you.” points us to what Christ did for His church.

“… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27.

“I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10.

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”  Isaiah 62:3.

“…  And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.”  Isaiah 62:5.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25.


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