#65 Women of the Bible: Shulamite and her King’s reappearance
“My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand. His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven. His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels. His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh. His arms are rods of gold set with topaz. His body is like polished ivory decorated with lapis lazuli. His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars. His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem” (Song of Sol. 5:10-16)
This is the picture of what Jesus will look like at His reappearing. If you’ve ever wondered what Jesus will look like, this is the closest thing to a description that the Bible has given us, but the description is strange for us as His appearance doesn’t fit into the parameters of how we normally define someone’s appearance. Apart from telling us He looks youthful, has clear, azure-blue eyes and bushy, black, tightly curled, long hair, the description creates pictures that provide an insight into just who Jesus is.
Every single descriptor of the Bridegroom here speaks of salvation and we should look at it as a perfect whole, rather than unhelpfully trying to break down each separate part. This majestic and lofty picture of our Saviour should reassure us of His desire that He wants to rescue, deliver, forgive, heal, preserve, liberate and restore. The name, ‘Jesus,’ incorporates a Greek word with precisely that meaning (Strongs 4992)!
The picture is of the Bridegroom bearing the gold, frankincense and myrrh, the gifts presented to the infant Jesus that prophetically spoke of His future assignment to save mankind. He is standing tall, statuesque and strong as the Saviour of the world. His mouth, the saving words that He speaks, are altogether lovely.
Our beautiful Saviour with the long ringlets of black hair and piercing blue eyes is dressed poetically in the Song of Solomon with semi-precious stones and ivory in all shades of white and blue. These are the actual colours that everyone on earth will see surrounding Jesus when He returns triumphant in blazing glory and great power surrounded by clouds and blue sky (Mark 13:26 NLT). The majesty and supremacy of Jesus will be breathtaking, His countenance will be awe-inspiring and His visage towards His own, those who know Him as “The Christ of God” (Luke 9:20), will be sweet and welcoming.
“Say, Behold He Comes, Riding On The Clouds Shining Like The Sun, At The Trumpet’s Call Lift Your Voice, (It’s) The Year Of Jubilee Out Of Zion’s Hill, Salvation Comes”
(From Days of Elijah by Robin Mark 1995).