In Song of Solomon chapter 4, the scene opens with guests gathered around the feast, in the marriage hall. Solomon begins to draw special attention to the Shulamite’s physical beauty and characteristics he observes in her.
He uses common imagery of the day to praise her. Not with just meaningless, empty words of flattery, but with well-chosen thought-out words that carry rich meaning.
The symbols and images Solomon uses to portray the beauty of his Shulamite bride may seem strange to us, as he describes her hair as “a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead” (4:1) and her neck as “the tower of David built for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers” (4:4). Today, one would not consider his remarks as flattery.
However, his compliments reflected the cultural patterns of the ancient world. One author suggests, “To those who lived in Solomon’s time, the rippling effect of a flock of goats moving down a hillside was, indeed, a thing of beauty.” Such use of images and symbols do reflect, in fact, a thing of splendor for those who are part of Jesus’s bride.
Solomon describes eight distinct virtues emerging in her life and is projecting her new image in terms of what she will become. Romans 4:17 says God “calleth those things which be not as though they were,” even though it is not what she presently manifests. She is, in reality, a mirror-image of him (the bridegroom), reflecting his character.
On several occasions, Jesus mentioned Solomon, as he was the type/shadow of Himself as King of Kings. One must study this book carefully, as it can only pertain to those in the last days, of what our Lord is desiring in us, and how we must reflect His character and be a holy, spotless bride for Him.
The act of her “becoming the bride” is conditioned on her attaining these eight characteristics—symbolic not only of new beginnings and eternal life, but also of an invitation to dwell in the Holy of Holies with Him. As believers, we all have access to His holy presence, but it will be the bride that dwells in His presence. ~Doves Eyes~