Good Friday Morning it’s July 9, 2021, I pray all is well. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Glory to You, our God, glory to You! Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the treasury of blessings and Giver of life: come and abide in us. Cleanse us from all impurity and save our souls, gracious Lord.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3) Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen! All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for the glory of Your name. Lord have Mercy. (3) Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen!
“The hidden mysteries in the Bible keep me going by strengthening my faith. Everyday I’m hit with something else amazing in which he opened my eyes too; the scriptures hold the truth.”
Song of Songs 4:1-16
4:1 The Veil is symbolizing the hidden mysteries of God within the Church. When we read in scripture Mount Gilead had really good pastures (Numbers 32:1). Scriptures describe it as a wonderful place for livestock to graze, and are we getting a glance of looking forward to the Church.
4:2: The Bride’s Teeth seems to be wiped clean by washing away our sins through repentance or baptism. These are the gateway to receiving spiritual nourishment, the meat or the solid food of the word (1 Corinthians 3:2). The Bride is fruitful bearing twins!
4:3: We Proclaim the Gospel of Christ with our lips when we worship. We are using a manner of speech that is pleasant. According to (Ephesians 4:15) Saint Paul says this is speaking the truth in love.
4:4: The Tower of David would be a fortress that would not see destruction in David’s Jerusalem. The Church is the New Jerusalem, and the fortress is the confession of Christ, the Gospel, and no worries Hell has no power over it (Matthew 16:16-18). A Thousand shields from what I read refers to small bucklers, defensive armor, God’s protection to those in warfare.
4:5 The breasts seem to be symbolizing both the beauty of Solomon’s bride and the Beauty of Christ’s Church.
4:6: The dawn is speaking of the eternal day of the Lord, meaning the shadows of sin and death will depart from us forever and eternity of Peace (Revelation 21:3-5). The Mountain of myrrh seems to be a reference to the fragrance of God’s eternal Kingdom along with the Holy incense (Revelation 8:3-4).
4:7: The Bridegroom is calling on his chosen bride beautiful and also glorifying her virtues, expressing she is without blemish; as stated by Saint Paul (Ephesians 5:26-27).
4:8: The Bride from Lebanon can help remind us that the Church wasn’t only for the Jews. Senir and Hermon were known to be the dwelling places in Judea and Cilicia known to have housed wild beasts and predators, like lions and leopards---------According to Saint Gregory the Dialogist ( https://orthodoxwiki.org/Gregory_the_Dialogist) these are symbols of demons, so we serve Christ in a fallen world.
4:9: Solomon was so taken by his bride’s beauty he was ravished by her, just like Christ is ravished in His heart by His love for us the Church. Solomon saying his Bride is his sister means Christ is our brother (Hebrews 2:11) this is telling us Christ assumed our humanity in His Incarnation.
4:10: The Garments are part of the Church, and so are also part of the Saints, along with all righteous deeds (Revelation 19: 8-14). Better than all the spices meaning they fill the world with the fragrance of Christ Himself (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
4:11: Milk is talking about teachings that are acceptable for children and immature Christians (Hebrews 5:12). Honey is wisdom (Proverbs 24:13), and is food for the mature believer.
4:12-15: In this Scripture the Bride is called a garden, and seems to be speaking of the beauty of both the plants and the fountain; and the fragrance of the fruit. The living and rushing water is something Yeshua (Jesus) said in (John 7:38), showing us the work of the Holy Spirit in mature believers. We should seek a garden like the one mentioned in scripture and seal in our hearts the love and wisdom of Christ our God.
4:16: The wind being asked to blow upon the garden can be symbolism to the Holy Spirit, checkout (Acts 2:2) a strong wind blew on the Apostles beginning in the upper room of where they were sitting.
Today’s Message: We all need to open our eyes and be watchful of our veil. Open our eyes to the clues God is trying to show us all, and yes times are troubling. In the midst of the chaos we are all searching for a paradise like Mount Gilead or like the beautiful Garden that was mentioned in scripture. If we keep our eyes shut to God’s veil we could end up missing our paradise with him.
“God is speaking to us all, and the watchmen are singing His great victories; I pray more will listen and open their minds.”
Closing The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired