Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” —Song of Solomon 5:16
As the Son of man, Jesus Christ was sufficient in, of and by Himself. He was holy as God’s Messiah and possessed perfect humanity as a the Man from heaven. God the Father did not desire Him to bring sacrifices and offerings t
We recognize the physical appearance of Jesus Christ during His incarnation was, according to scripture, plain and indistinguishable: “…he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isa 53:2). So indistinguishable among His disciples was the Lord, in fact, He must be pointed out with a kiss, a common eastern greeting, to be distinguished among a zealot, tax collector and a gaggle of Galilean fishermen (Matt 26:48).
The Song of Solomon expresses its spiritual counterpart, poetically and beautifully. Though Jesus Christ had “no form nor comeliness” and “no beauty,” He is “altogether lovely” to those who know Him and love Him; that is, to the bride of Christ.
To those other than the bride of Christ, they know not Jesus Christ and must receive a description from His espoused beloved (Song 5:9).
Here is the bride’s answer:
Song 5:10, Jesus is pure in righteousness (white), red by His shed blood in sacrifice (ruddy), and holy, separate and distinguishable from any other (the chiefest among ten thousand).
Song 5:11, Jesus leads His people from heaven (head is as the most fine gold) and the beauty of His provision is found in the supply of God (his locks are bushy, and black as a raven), just as Elijah was fed by the ravens at the brook (1 Ki 17:4-6).
Song 5:12, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, views His kingdom from heaven above and sends forth the Holy Spirit to minister to His people (eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters), with abounding promises (washed with milk), which are precisely crafted as a jeweler setting precious gems (and fitly set).
Song 5:13, Christ’s presence is a sweet fragrance (cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers); moreover, His words are beautiful to behold (his lips like lilies) and powerfully sweet when understood, especially as it pertains to His atoning death (dropping sweet smelling myrrh).
Song 5:14, Every action of Jesus is ordained in heaven (hands are as gold rings), both precious and beautiful (set with beryl). His humanity is pure and glorious (his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphire).
Song 5:15, The Lord’s walk and stance is unwavering and ordained in heaven (legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold); and His glorious presence hovers high above all men, providing shade and repose for His people and resources for His people to further the kingdom (countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars).
Song 5:16, The words of Jesus are the most savory (mouth is most sweet), moreover, the scriptures reveal His beauty and majesty (yea, he is altogether lovely).
Truly, “This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”o the brazen altar in Jerusalem’s temple. Neither did God require it of His Son.
Christ is our beloved Savior,
Not beautiful by sight;
Yet, in Spirit, His beauty’s more
Lofty than highest height.
Jesus, very God, yet human;
Describ’d in heav’nly song,
Reveal’d in holy acumen
To those, in Him belong.
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4/30 Reading Portions: Num 7; Psa 42-43; Song 5; Heb 5
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