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Feet of Gold

“His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold…”  Song 5:15 As the Bride describes her Beloved at the end of Song of Solomon chapter five, she notes that he has feet that are like sockets of fine gold.  Sockets are mentioned over fifty times with regard to the construction of the tabernacle and in those passages they were always made of brass or silver.  Song 5:15 gives us the only sockets of gold found in scripture. Jesus’ feet are mentioned a number of times in the Bible.  In his glorified state, Revelation 1:15 says he...

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How’s Your Belly?

“…his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.”   Song 5:14                 No one enjoys a stomach ache.  Just as a meal can leave you with a contented belly or a sore belly, the Bible uses the belly as a reminder of a number of positive and negative spiritual truths: The belly is a picture or type of the soul. Being the center of our body mass and figuratively picturing our innermost part, the belly is often used interchangeably with the soul in such passages as Psalm 31:9 and 44:25.  When the belly is content, all is well.  When the...

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Black Lives Matter to God!

“I am black, but comely...” Song of Solomon 1:5  Historically, this statement is to be taken literally:  this beautiful love poem is between a Jewish king and his dark-skinned wife.   Where Solomon’s Bride is from is not given – we are simply told that she was a Shulamite (Song 6:13)   This designation along with the color of her skin would indicate that she was not Jewish, but a Gentile. This typology fits in well with Jesus and the Church.  Although there are many saved Jews in Christ’s church, the vast majority are Gentiles.  Throughout the Old Testament many  notable Jewish...

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Dove's Eyes

“...thou hast doves’ eyes.”  Song 1:15  The Bride says that her King has “doves’ eyes.”  Although one may think this sounds unmanly or effeminate, a close scrutiny of what the eyes of a dove actually look like will prove otherwise.  There are five outstanding characteristics of the eyes of a dove: 1)      Fierceness – most birds’ eyes are anything but soft and tender.  Doves have very piercing eyes that show alertness and power. 2)      Health – those who handle birds can immediately tell the health of a bird by its eyes. 3)      Character – those who handle birds on a...

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Thrice Fair

“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair...Behold, thou art fair...”  (Song 1:15-16) As the Bride continues to praise her King, she does a most curious thing in verses 15 & 16.   She addresses the one she loves with the statement, “thou art fair,” and she does so three times.   Why? One of the great mistakes common to the poetical books of the scripture is to dismiss oddities like this as mere “poetic beauty.”    The assumption is that poetic scripture has a different set of rules from the rest of the Bible and that not everything written can...

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