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Friday, May 20, 2016

Going Behind the Veil (Song of Songs 4:1b, 3b)

 "How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves . . . Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate."

Going behind the veil demands transparency and trust. Twice in this passage the Beloved King goes behind the Shulamite's veil and describes what he sees there. The Shulamite has to be willing to allow the Beloved behind her veil and trust in the Beloved drives that willingness.

I can't imagine standing still for such an intimate search. Imagine how vulnerable she must have felt as the Beloved's eyes traveled the length of her body. He describes her eyes, hair, teeth, lips, mouth, temples, neck, and breasts. He summarizes his search with the following words: "All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you."

The writer of Hebrews understands the searching/knowing gaze of God in chapter 4 verse 13, "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." God sees beyond the veil of our pretenses and knows all of our flaws, sin, insecurities, etc. and He loves us perfectly in Christ Jesus. We don't have to be afraid of His gaze, for 'perfect love casts out fear'. True intimacy is found behind the veil. Won't you allow Him access beyond the veil of your life. Be open and vulnerable with Him. It is then that you'll know and experience true love. You are loved by the Heavenly Father!

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:

Psalm 50 - This Psalm opens with a courtroom scene whose Judge is God and whose witnesses are the people of the earth.
  • What are the two charges that God makes against His people? (7-15, 16-23)
  • Why do the people think that they can treat God as they do?
Song of Songs 1:1-4:16 - You may want to read the Song of Songs from another Bible that attributes speaking parts to the appropriate sections. As you read this Song think of the Shulamite woman as one who longs to be loved by the king. She suddenly finds herself in a intimate relationship with the king. This story describes the ups and downs in their relationship.
  • How does the Shulamite woman see herself?
  • Describe how the king sees the Shulamite. How does his view differ from hers?
  • Describe the setting in chapter two. Why does the king invite the Shulamite away and to where does he invite her?
  • What happens in chapter 3 that causes the Shulamite to experience some anxiety?
  • How is it that the king is able to describe the Shulamite in such detail?
  • Where does he begin in his description of the Shulamite?
  • What does he describe in chapter four that reveals their level of intimacy with one another?
  • What does this description tell you about his love for the Shulamite and how he communicates his love to her?
  • What does this description by the king require of the Shulamite woman?
Turning truth into prayer:
Allow the Lord to go behind the veil of your life. Ask Him to reveal to you what He sees.