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Song Of Solomon 5:9

“What is thy Beloved more than another Beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy Beloved more than another beloved that thou dost so charge us?” (Cant. 5:9)

During the attempt to present the gospel of truth, we were considering a passage from Jeremiah 51 in which the attributes and characteristics of man were vividly set forth. The conclusion of this matter was a comparative statement which said, “the portion of Jacob is not like them” (51:19). Now the daughters of Jerusalem come to the bride of the Beloved and ask these questions, since He is not like unto man in any way, Who is He? Why is He so great and why is your heart drawn out to Him more than any other beloved?

The Bride had heard the call of her beloved and because of the traditions of man, had refused to come to him thinking that the process would make her unclean. Yet when the truth was revealed unto her and she was compelled and caused to come forth, yet she could not find him and her soul failed. She sought him but could not find Him. When those who were given the charge of the city, to ensure the peace of the city, found her out an about on her own and unprotected, they scourged and wounded her. When those who were give the assignment of the protection of the city from all harm came upon her they took away her covering and exposed her condition. Therefore she cries out to the women builders (daughters) of the coming forth of Peace (Jerusalem) that if they should find Him, tell Him she is become sick, wounded and weak because of her love for Him. Her entire life was dedicated to the love of her Beloved and His love effected her to the point of ‘boiling over’ (beloved). She did not care for her well being, she had discarded her traditions (every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us {Heb. 12:1}) and now in earnest she seeks Him.

This is an action that is the result of a cause, not a cause to solicit an action. She had been infected with the love of her Beloved and she could not quench it. Her desire was upon Him and her only hope was to be found in Him for all her life. Now these daughters of peace, who have access to the Beloved, dialogue with Him and knew Him (seems to me that they are the same as the bride) are told to seek Him. Since they know Him, they do not have to ask who He is. Since they have dialogue with him they do not need an escort or chaperon to introduce them and since they have been give a charge by the Beloved Bride they have the right to seek and find Him. Does this sound anything like the neo-evangelical plea for all the unwashed scribes, pharisees and hypocrites to go out and beat the bushes to find Him as if he was the one lost? Does this sound like an invitation or a command of urgency? This was and is an urgent command from One who feels that she has lost her Beloved and He must be found immediately with no regard for anything else. To this the daughters ask, “What is thy Beloved more than any other beloved?” Having been given the charge, these ask what is so special about this One that you have suspended all other activity and have devoted your very being to finding Him? And why have you given us this charge?

The bride is first and foremost of the same parentage as her Beloved, “I am come into my garden my sister spouse” (5:1). The eternal unity of the Bride and her husband is essential for the unity of the love and conduct of the two. He, being the Anointed of the Father, has the same love for His bride as He has for the Father and the Father for Him. He is the Son and she is the daughter, born from above and One with the Father. She was in Him before the foundation of the world and when God created man in His image, He created them male and female (Gen. 1:27) thus we see the Bride was in the Son being God. She is identical to Him and when She became partaker of flesh and blood she appeared to be separated from Him as Eve was separated from Adam. Yet since there is no place in which God is not ever present, this was only an appearance and not a reality of separation. He knew where she was and when He came to her, He spoke softly to her. She had become covered with the dust of this earth and in her attempt to clean herself had followed the traditions of the people of the land, therefore when He called to her he said, “Awake, awake, put on thy strength O Zion, put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem they Holy city. From henceforth there shall no more come in unto thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust, arise and sit down, O Jerusalem. Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion” (Is. 52:1). Thus we find that where the Word of the King is there is power and she was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, pure and white and to be freed from the bondage of the corruption of the flesh. Therefore she acted because He caused her to and He caused her to act because He loved her with an eternal love.

And so she answers this query, “My Beloved is a brilliantly righteous man (white and ruddy) and the standard over millions (chiefest among ten thousand)” (5:10). He is the preeminent figure among millions and the standard of righteousness by which all are judged. He created all things by the power of His will. He controls and commands even the minutest of details so that all come to pass exactly as he has intended and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What are you doing? But more important than all this and part and partial to every aspect of His greatness is that He is the One she loves and He is her friend. He is not a boy with whom she is infatuated, or a man on whom she has a school girl crush or even an older man who appears to her as a ‘father figure’. He is the desire of her soul. She needs to be with Him and to be supported and loved by Him. “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly contemned” (8:7) and so this love is the power, purpose and cause of all her actions. She loves Him because He first loved her and she keeps His commandments because she loves Him.

But there is more for He as her friend. They were not general acquaintances who grew up together and became familiar with each other and then ‘fell in love’. They are ‘fellow companions’. He is her shepherd and pastor and she is the sheep of His pasture. He did not court her in order for her to become familiar with Him for they are and have always been, ‘intimate fellow citizens’ of the Israel of our God. He has done all because of His love for her, even to the point of laying down His life; “Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He left the glory of heaven and took on Himself the form of a servant that he might learn obedience. He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, that He might redeem His Bride back to Himself and present her before the Father without spot or blemish, because, “He is altogether lovely (the fullness of desire)”. This is why her affections are set on things above and she seeks Him above everything else in this world. This is how she instructs her fellows sisters, the daughters of peace, to find Him and tell Him of her love and this is why He is far greater than any other beloved. All others fail to measure up to the standard of Holiness of His countenance which is like the mountain of God covered in righteousness established firm and sure forever (Lebanon and cedars) (5:15).

Yet there are many today who will say, “Let us build with you for we seek your God as ye do and we do sacrifice unto Him” (Ezra 4:2). They think that God is the same no matter what and that it all comes down to a matter of semantics or perspective. ‘We all serve the same God’ they say, ‘we just do it in a different way’. Some would have us believe that God is a multi-faceted diamond and each looks at Him in a different way yet they all see the same God while others will allege that we all believe the same thing we just explain it in different ways. Brethren hear the words of the prophets of old to these who would have compromise and false alliances for they seek to do the children of light harm, “Ye have NOTHING to do with us to build an house unto our God” (4:3). Without any room for interpretation or misunderstanding the word came down then as it does today to all that serve another god who is no God, “Ye have no portion, nor right nor memorial in Jerusalem” (Neh. 2:20). Those who do not serve the living Almighty Sovereign God who causes all things to come to pass for the good of His bride, His people, His body, have no passage into that city made without hands whose builder and maker is God. They do not worship the true God. Now they will readily say, “Lord Lord have we not...” and then list many wonderful works which they indeed have performed. Yet God has said unto these natural brute beasts made to be taken out and destroyed, “I never knew you, depart from Me ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:23). And in the fullness of time, when the Spirit of Holiness reveals to the child of grace the height, depth, length and breadth of the love of God for His Beloved, then will they know that the will worship and traditions of this world have no part in the true worship of God. Then as the dust of Adam is removed, the child will understand that God is Spirit and they that worship Him shall do so in Spirit and truth. Then they will know this hard truth, We do not serve and worship the same god as the people of the land.

Who is the Beloved? He is the Lord God Almighty, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He sits on His throne in the heavens and rules over the kingdoms of this world and all the inhabitants of this world are counted as nothing before His eyes. He is Righteous, Holy and Pure and so is His Beloved Bride, the fairest among women. Once again, dearly Beloved of Jehovah, there is nothing wrong with the Church of Jesus Christ.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 25, 2012