157: Song 5:16

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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 157

The Messiah will be filled with Grace and Truth, and altogether lovely.

Old Testament Prediction:

Song 5:16 His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:16-17 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Application:

The Song of Solomon would not normally be thought of as a source for any Messianic verses. When we arrive at the fifth chapter, we see that this declaration of love is made by the bride to her bridegroom. From chapter 5:2 through chapter 8:4, there are one hundred and eleven lines of text. Eighty of these lines are spoken by the bride.

As we realize that Jesus’ church is also called His Bride, the text of this 157th Prophecy becomes quite interesting. The New Testament reveals that the term Bride is given to the church by Jesus. It is His Bride who is the object of His love. We see further indications of the church being compared to the Bride of Jesus, in Ephesians Chapter 5, as husbands are instructed: Love your wife, even as Christ loves the church.

Ephesians 5:25-32 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. …32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

Revelation 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

Understanding these things, we gain some insight into the true meaning of the text from the Song of Solomon 5:16.

Song 5:16 His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

A better understanding of the word “mouth” (Heb. ḥik·kōw), in 5:16, would be “words.” It is the words of the Bridegroom that are so sweet to his bride. It was the phrase, “He is altogether lovely,” that finally convinced me that this verse from the Song of Solomon is applicable to the Messiah.

When I was the senior Pastor of two churches, I was often blessed with the opportunity to lead worship during the 14 years of my service. On a few occasions we would sing a song entitled, “Here I am to Worship,” that contained the words, He is altogether lovely…[1] Today, this song has become popular as a praise song to Jesus, and is often heard in churches as well as Christian radio stations all over the United States. It is certain that the intent of the Lord in this verse from the Song of Solomon 5:16, was to describe the wonderful words of Love that Jesus has for His bride—the church. It was to His bride that Jesus gave His life as a demonstration of the total and complete sacrificial love of God.

As you have come this far in the study of these 365 Old Testament Prophecies, you have no doubt noticed that many of these prophecies, at face value; do not appear to be Messianic. It is not until we compare their text with the words recorded in the New Testament that we can see the valid application.

The clear meaning of the bride’s declaration to her Bridegroom, in the Song of Solomon 5:16, is to convey the thought that His words come by such grace that He is altogether lovely. Jesus is a man full of Grace and Truth. There is no more fitting description of Jesus than to attribute great grace to the words that He has spoken to us—for He is the true and living God, who took all our punishment upon Himself and made the way of heaven free to all those who believe.

The Apostle John writes, For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. – John 1:17

It is with this conviction that I believe that no other person could rightly be ascribed, in his true person, as a man of grace and truth—better than the man who is also God, the Messiah: Jesus Christ.


NOTES:
[1] Here I am to Worship, written by Tim Hughes”.

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