#65 Women of the Bible: Shulamite - looks forth as the morning
“Who is she who looks forth as the morning,
Fair as the moon,
Clear as the sun,
Awesome as an army with banners?” (Song of Sol. 6:10 NKJV)
Could we have a more resplendent image of the Jesus’ Bride, the church, than this? Here she is depicted as a complex picture of the dewy freshness of a multi-coloured sunrise, the cool beauty of the moon and the crystal clarity of blazing brightness of the sun. Added to this is the image of an army waving myriads of colourful banners.
There are so many different beautiful and fascinating facets to this glorious body of people who love Jesus. We are all separate beings, with our own gifts and talents, but all loved, chosen and considered worth dying for by our Lord and King.
Regardless of race, nationality, culture, tribe, language, wealth, education, political persuasion, denomination, or social standing, all believers are united in one church, together confessing that Jesus is “The Christ of God” (Luke 9:21;Rev. 7:9-17). We may reflect the beauty of Jesus differently in our lives, but we all work together in love to display who He is to this world. “There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation]” (Eph. 4:4 AMP).
Left to ourselves, mankind had no hope. In the oldest book in the Bible, we see Job wallowing in his misery and lamenting: “Man dies and is laid away: Indeed he breathes his last and where is he? As water disappears from the sea, and a river becomes parched and dries up, so man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they will not awake nor be roused from their sleep…If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:11-12, 14).
Not only Job, but throughout the Old Testament many prophets and kings, including Solomon, had wanted to understand more, see and hear their Redeemer (Luke 10:24). They were waiting for their Saviour and even though Solomon could write about Him, He didn’t know what Jesus was going to look like and how He was going to rescue fallen man.
We are blessed to be living after the advent of Jesus and we can look back and see the whole big picture that Solomon was writing about through the influence of the Holy Spirit. We can see and know Jesus in a way that Job and Solomon only could dream about. What’s more, we are doubly blessed because the time of Jesus’ return and the future glorification of the saints and the pictures that we are looking at now will soon become a reality.