Thou Art Fair, My Love

Thou Art Fair, My Love

Mysterious Eastern womanThe Shulamite’s (Solomon’s beloved) beauty as described by King Solomon in Song of Songs 4:1, reveals an attribute that must be found in the bride of christ.

Behold, thou [art] fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair…     —Song of Solomon 4:1

The Hebrew word for “fair” is Yaphah, which means “beautiful,” implying internal as well as external beauty, and refers to the Messiah.  In this verse, Solomon is reaffirming His love for her growth and maturity. Repetition is not only for emphasis, but is known as “twice speak” in scripture.  Job 33:14-17 tells us:

For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hide pride from man.

Yeshua did this several times in scripture.  In Luke 10:41-42, it says:

“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.”

In Matthew 23:37, He says:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!”

And Revelation 14:8 says:

“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Babylon has fallen and in the last days, it will fall again.

For example, in the Song of Solomon 8:5 the question is asked, “Who [is] this that cometh up from the wilderness?” This is referring to Mount Sinai and the forty years in the wilderness; but it is also addressed in the book of Revelation 12:6 and 12:14, when the bride is taken into the wilderness for protection and then is seen coming out victoriously.

Not only is the speaker directing his conversation to that particular person and situation, he is directing it toward the last-day saints.  This is an indication that a particular event will play out twice.  In this case, not only is Solomon speaking to his bride, the Shulamite, but as a picture of the Bridegroom he is speaking to the Bride of Messiah for last-day instructions on what we should look like.  We must be careful to hear what the Spirit is saying.

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