Look at you now—
arising as the dayspring of the dawn,
fair as the shining moon.
Bright and brilliant as the sun in all its strength.
Astonishing to behold as a majestic army waving banners of victory.
Song of Solomon 6:10(TPT)
Good day!!! Today we talk about our beauty as the title suggests the brides /church’s beauty. The book of Song of Solomon is hands down my absolute favourite book in the bible, it is found in the old testament and it is literally at the heart of it, just like we are at the bosom of the Father in Christ Jesus. The book is about Jesus Christ and His bride the Church, this typified through King Solomon who falls in love with an ordinary girl who is not royalty, in order to woo her heart and get her to fall in love with Him, He strips off His kingly robes and disguises Himself like an ordinary man because she would never dare to marry the king if she knew it was Him. This romantic story is exactly what Christ Jesus did for us, He stripped off His deity nature and status, He humbled Himself and took the form of a human being, in order to woo His bride, He gave up His precious life to save her. This is just but a brief synopsis of the greatest love story ever told.
In today’s theme verse, the bride beauty is compared to the dawn, the moon, the sun and an army. I am going to focus on the moon bride. The moon on its own is filled with imperfections, markings, irregularities, patches of darkness, and crater. To be honest it is not beautiful neither is it attractive. However when one beholds its in the dark amid the star studded sky, it shines so brightly, its impossible to describe it as ugly.
The moon’s beauty is in something other than itself. Its beauty is in its light. And its light is not its own, but of the sun. The moon is beautiful in as much as it reflects the light of the sun. If the moon were able to look at itself in a mirror, it would only see imperfections, scars, and darkness. But if it forgets about itself, and looks into the face of the sun, then it shines with the radiance of sun. And that is the secret of bride’s beauty.”
We as the bride of Christ aren’t beautiful in ourselves, but that our beauty is in that which is other than ourselves. We are as the moon and He as the sun, and as the moon’s light and beauty come from the sun, our light and beauty come from Jesus. If we focus on ourselves, we only see imperfections, scars, and darkness. But if we forget about ourselves and focus on Jesus Christ, and see the beauty of His light, then we ourselves will shine with His brightness. And His light will overcome our imperfections. And we become beautiful. Never make the mistake of living a life focused on yourself. Forget yourself. Turn to Him. Dwell in the beauty of His presence. Then your life will become a reflection of His, and you’ll shine with the light of His radiance.
And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP)
Have you notice, the moon shines in the dark, at night and not as brightly during the day. This is a vey beautiful picture, hidden in it is our reality here on earth. We as the bride of Christ live on earth, we are in this world but not of this world. This world is fallen in its nature, darkness is what best typifies it. We on the other hand are typified by the moon shining brightly in the dark of the night. Just like Christ Jesus is the light of the world which blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out
We are exhorted to emulate Christ example. The verses below eloquently describe this, meditate on them.
You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16(AMP)
Do everything without murmuring or questioning [the providence of God],so that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness]... Philippians 2:14-15(AMP)