Song of Solomon, Part 5 – The Bride Adores Her Beloved

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Song of Solomon, Part 5 – The Bride Adores Her Beloved – Son 2:8-17

“Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.”  (Act 2:28)

[Study Aired November 26, 2022]

Let’s be reminded, and consider by all accounts, how close we are to the literal “time of the end” (Dan 8:17). If this climax from years of impassioned learning results in reviewing and mechanically overlaying that education on the Song of Solomon and stimulates us with possibly the same dull, perfunctory kiss goodnight somewhat common with our earthly marriages, we are tolerably poor, blind, and naked in our desire for Christ.

To maximise the physical and resultant spiritual, the individual must focus on delicate details of every breath and interactive responses that amplify sensory spiritual delights. To mitigate the worldly internal narrative of “let’s get it over and done with” without deeply feeling every nuance of our Husband’s and our sensory reactions does not display a Shulamite love. All husbands are sensitive to Leah’s “weak eyes” and the disdain of Queen Vashti for his wife’s lack-lustre desire against being aroused. To resist luxuriating deeply in our spouse’s every sensory reaction is what Israel did to Christ, His first wife, in the wilderness.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

With our Lord’s expected blessings, let’s continue the Song of Solomon 2:8-17.

Son 2:8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
Son 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. 
Son 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 
Son 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 
Son 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [dove] is heard in our land;
Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 
Son 2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
Son 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
Son 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 
Son 2:17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

Mountains, both negatively and positively, figure very strongly in scripture. We know they represent our self-righteousness, nations, trials by the kings that ruled over us or the Lord’s righteousness depicted as the Mount of the Lord.

In the prior studies, our Lord’s word and spirit are signified by His voice and breath. In the last sentence of Song of Solomon S 2:8, the embodiment of the Song has him “leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills”. That expression of unbridled joy is the nature of the New Jerusalem above. That same joy David, and most of Israel, experienced when he returned the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem. David’s first wife, Michal, typifies the Lord’s first wife in the wilderness, displaying resounding dispassion for the unity of spirit. Michal despised David’s leaping upon the mountains and skipping upon the hills of Jerusalem (2Sa 6:16-23), and her spirit brought forth rotten fruit; Michal remained barren until death. Likewise, if our dispassion for our Lord’s conjugal rights and His leaping upon our mountains and skipping upon our hills is met with indifference, we will remain barren of His righteousness.

The New Jerusalem, the city of peace, represents the Shulamite. She is now one mountain of the Lord, Mt Zion within. He has broken the dividing walls of the covenant that she represents by Mt Sinai and Old Jerusalem. She is imminently the New Heavenly Jerusalem.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Jerusalem, like no other city in the world, has greater significance for mankind, particularly the Bride. It is built upon seven hills or mounts,  three to the east and four to the west and is represented as primarily being built upon the Mount of Olives, divided into two hills, the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives, by the valley of Kidron.

The seven ‘mounts’ are the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Mount of Corruption or Offence, the original Mount Zion or Temple Mount (Sion), a hill with more recent buildings called Western Hill or, in modern times, the New Mt Zion, Mount Ophel and Anotonia. The Elect of God is familiar with the spiritual meanings of the individual numbers, and their additions typify Jerusalem outwardly and within. As a symbol of the entire world, she is deeply divided geographically and particularly spiritually.

The number of hills or mounts on which Jerusalem is built and their meanings all point to ours and the world’s judgement.

Witness – the Temple Mount and Mount of Olives.
The process of spiritual completion of the process of judgment. Anything to do with three has to do with a process. The number three signifies our process of spiritual progression toward maturity.
The whole of anything and tribulation.

The additions of 3 and 4:

Completion and Judgment with Jerusalem being named in scripture as Sodom, Egypt and Babylon. [Jer 29:10 For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.] 

Negatively, “betwixt” the depths of her two primary hills emanates the most profound scent of dissolute arousal (as opposed to myrrh in Song of Solomon 1:3 [betwixt her breasts]) from our old mother with her contorted emotions of lust and hate in government and the doctrine of death that has shaken and will shake the world to its core. The old Mount of Olives symbolises the world divided into the North, South, East and West, with its seven hills representing Babylon, the seven continents of the world. The Bride has been chosen to come out of those former ways, and she looks forward to her Lord’s feet standing, skipping [H1801 – leaping] for joy on her Mount, cleaved in two from which will flow spiritual purity from her heart.

The Bride is the New Jerusalem above, the mother of us all within. She has been through her judgments, and in a heightened state of spiritual arousal, awaits her Lord’s feet touching down in her heart. Effectively, her Lord has already touched down on her with her spiritual sisters within; out of her will flow the living waters which will heal the earth.

Zec 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 

With its seven mountains, Jerusalem is prophesied to be completed for judgment, and Solomon poetically envisioned her as his Bride. The Bride is about to have her Lord’s feet touch down on her, and she will rule with Him on the seventh day and then judge with him on the eighth day, resulting in all the hills and mountains of her inherited children being laid flat. It is not too much of a stretch of the imagination to note the paradox that her full figure of physical femininity will be laid flat in the Kingdom, shadowing a monarchy of neither male nor female since all will be one spirit in God. What counts is the lasting spiritual meaning to which the mountains of her physical femininity point.

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Zec 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 

Isa 2:1  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 
Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 
Isa 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 

Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

For the Bride, the mountains and sea of flesh with its self-glorification, trials and dark depths of filth, are gone. The Bride’s fearful trembling in the presence of her Lord is changed into an unreserved trembling of delight for what he is about to imbue in her, the full measure of his spirit. Although the Song of Solomon’s imagery is earthy and sounds indelicate, her Lord now leaps upon her seven mountains that feature Jerusalem, the curvacious and beautiful new city she is. She trembles, and her heart beats beneath her mountains to the rhythm of His feet skipping.

Eze 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 
Eze 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 

Isa 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Psa 114:1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; 
Psa 114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. 
Psa 114:3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. 
Psa 114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. 
Psa 114:5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? 
Psa 114:6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? 
Psa 114:7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; 
Psa 114:8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

The Bride’s heightened anticipation seems to flood her mind with an apparent disorder of poetic consummative events. If we were to accurately map any person’s pattern of thinking and present it on a computer screen, we would see a jumble of intersecting and divergent thoughts with no connection to the primary aim of the task at hand. Such is the Bride’s mind’s immense flexibility to track multiple arousals seemingly without order.

Son 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.

As a stag in a forest with an exceptionally keen sense of awareness of his surroundings sees a hunter long before the threat sees him, the Bride likens her Lord’s indulgent watchfulness upon her to the fixed gaze of a majestic stag with its two eyes as “one eye” of spiritual devotion for her. Perhaps, and with sensual delight, she is modestly aware of her Lord’s gaze upon her beauty, which sets mutually fiery arousals in motion.

A derivative of a lattice (H2762) is H2760 and is related to initiating a thing and roasting. That same initiating of fiery arousals in the negative is a harlot’s machinations that roast her suitor upon his adulteries with a fiery dart through his liver (Prov 7:23).

King David is a classic example of furtively looking through a symbolic lattice at Bathsheba bathing on a nearby rooftop; he, too, became unrighteously aroused and entangled in a snare of dreadful consequences, roasting in the fiery coals for our intense learning.

In a positive sense, the Shulamite and her Lord are immensely passionate about each other. She has been spiritually diligent in her submission to her Lord. She has been spiritually roasted by the fiery word of God and is about to eat the yield of that furnace in the wedding supper with her Lord in the Kingdom.

Son 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Son 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The Lord comforts his Bride, remembering that the fiery trials of desolate wintery flesh are gone along with the flood of death the Dragon sent after her (Rev 12:7-17). The early rains and latter rains for her spiritual growth have done their work, and she is the fruit of His labour within her.

The beauty of His personally designed and measured Bride is portrayed as the New Jerusalem.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

She is the epitome of righteous beauty and fruitfulness, clothed with the sun, her Lord, with her sisters in Babylon under her feet (Rev 12:1). Her Lord will take her away to be one in Him forever.

Son 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [dove] is heard in our land;
Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

The Bride is the first fruits of her Lord, whom he planned for himself. Birds symbolise good or evil spirits. She is the peaceful spirit, and her righteous spirit sings a new song that pleases all in their land. She envisions her Lord coming at midnight, and with her lamp trimmed, she comes away with him. They both enjoy the beautiful first fruits that her Lord has bountifully grown within her. The following verses speak of the Bride.

Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 
Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Zep 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 
Zep 3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 
Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 
Rev 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God

The Bride continues with her adoration. Her Lord’s word has blessed her with deep, abiding peace, the assurance of her inheritance.

Son 2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Her Lord is the dove, the spirit of peace. He is the rock of her salvation who has hidden her in Him; he resides in the cleft of the Mount of Olives of her heart, the New Jerusalem and mother of us all. Only her Lord and she know their secret love for each other hidden from Babylon.

A paradox is that the valley of Kidron dividing the Mount was in the negative, a dark and deathly place where the eternal (age-lasting) flames of Gehenna burnt trash, dead animals and criminals. It was a place where dogs prowled and hateful birds (the vultures) squabbled. It depicts Old Jerusalem, Babylon, the depths of the whore’s filthy heart full of evil spirits. Beneath the cleft in the rock of her dividing two hills is her heart, which still rules the world today. The following verses speak of that same great city out of which we have nearly finished the “come out of her, my people” command.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Son 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. 

Foxes burrow under stone walls and cause them to subside; they represent opposition to the Lord’s work and seem inconsequential (little) lies and false doctrines; they hinder the work of God within and undermine the Temple’s wall. Likewise, the hollow of one’s hand scoops and undermines another’s work.

Both foxes, and people, are famous for spreading the most destructive pest of grapevines called Phylloxera. Phylloxera (Daktulsphaira vitifoliae) are very small aphid-like insects regarded as the world’s worst grapevine pest. They feed on the roots of grapevines and are found in most of the world’s grape-growing regions. These pests are easily transplanted in infested rootstock and undermine our supposedly fruitful vine of developing righteousness.

In the opening verses of the Song of Solomon, we discussed the nature of truthful kisses that create immense arousal for the word of God that dramatically increases the desire for more arousal in a beautiful loop of joy that we don’t wish to stop. Kisses “fasten” or seal a passionate relationship (H5390 and its root H5401 & H5400; H2388; H2836).

Perfunctory kisses can be an enemy and are like the little foxes that undermine authentic love and the walls of our Temple. They are often vaguely conscious lies whose intention is deceptive ‘love’ to keep marital connectivity at a distance.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Nehemiah was hindered by Sanballat’s undermining of the process of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Neh 4:1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 
Neh 4:2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
Neh 4:3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. 
Neh 4:4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 
Neh 4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders. 
Neh 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

Herod was likened to a fox since he, too, attempted to undermine Christ’s work and determination to follow through with the building of His Bride’s Temple.

Luk 13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 
Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 
Luk 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

Son 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 
Son 2:17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of BetherH1336.

The Bride is the collective of sisters within that make her the Lily. Her Lord pastured his little flock within herself in Him. They delight in the epitome of all loves, only eclipsed by the love of the Father.

Christ and his wife are in a short space where a husband cheers up his wife for a (figurative) year before going to war with judgment on the eighth day of creation. The entirety of humanity in the Lake of Fire will individually come from their torturous shadows and thick gloom that will flee away at “daybreak”. In the meantime, the Shulamite turns to her Husband for more of his kisses that are better than wine. Her heart beats to the rhythm and music of the hooves of a roe or hart upon her mount, below the cleft of the completed New Jerusalem above, the soon-to-be mother of all humanity.

The Bride has been a sacrifice, filled up from behind in the steps of her beloved Husband. The stunningly beautiful New Jerusalem descended from above in consummative spiritual femininity retains her “mounts” of that splendid city. The derivative of Bether H1336 is H1334 & H1335, and means, 1. part, piece. a. of the parts of an animal cut in half for a sacrifice. 1. to cut in two. a. (Qal) to cut in two. b. (Piel) to cut in two.

The Bride, being one in her Husband, out from her God-given heart beneath her famous mounts saves her brothers and sisters, and we remember the frequent quote,

Zec 14:8 And on that day living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them flowing to the sea on the east and half to the sea on the west: in summer and in winter it will be so. 
Zec 14:9 And the Lord will be King over all the earth: in that day there will be one Lord and his name one.

Next week, Lord willing, we continue with the Bride’s seeming interposed poetic arousals in chapter three.

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