Song of Solomon 6:1

Intro: (Gill)

The Beloved ('The Bride') 1865-6 Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882 Purchased with assistance from Sir Arthur Du Cros Bt and Sir Otto Beit KCMG through the Art Fund 1916 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N03053

The Beloved (‘The Bride’) Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882 

The discourse between the church and the daughters of Jerusalem is
continued in this chapter: they inquire whither her beloved was gone,
in order to seek him with her; she tells them where he was
gone, and for what purpose he went thither, and what he was doing
there; and claims and asserts her interest in him; Then
follows a commendation of the church by Christ, who admires her beauty,
and describes her by her eyes, and hair and prefers her
to all others; being a singular and choice one to him, and the praise
of others; and next he gives an account of his going
into his garden, and his design in it, and of what happened to him
there. And the chapter is concluded with a charge to
the Shulamite, to turn herself, that she might be looked upon;

Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women?
The title is the same used by them, and by Christ before them, ( Song of Solomon 1:8 ) ( 5:9 ) ; and here repeated, to assure her that they were serious in asking this question, and that it was in great respect to her they put it; and which, to the same sense, in other words, is expressed,

whither is thy beloved turned aside?
which way did he take? when he went from thy door? They ask no longer who or what he was, being satisfied with the church’s description of him; by which they had gained some knowledge of him, and had their affections drawn out unto him; and were desirous of knowing more of him and of being better acquainted with him, and to enjoy his company and presence; though as yet they had but little faith in him, and therefore could not call him “their” beloved, only “her” beloved: and this question is put and repeated in this manner, to show that they were serious and in earnest; yea, were in haste, and impatient to know which way he went; say they,

that we may seek him with thee;
it was not mere speculation or curiosity that led them to put the above questions; they were desirous to go into practice, to join with the church in the search of Christ, to seek him with her in the word and ordinances; upon which they were determined, could they get any hint from her whither he was gone, and where it was most likely to find him: for so the words may be rendered, “and we will seek him with thee”; this they had resolved on among themselves, and only wanted directions which way to steer their course, or a grant to go along with the church in quest of her beloved.

Yet he is never far from any of us. “Those that seek me early shall find me,” (Prov.8:17).

This is surely what we want from our witness-people to come with us to church to meet Christ!-JK

Moody Stuart likens this to the night of the crucifixion when two rich men and many others, including daughters of Jerusalem, began to pine for their Lord who had been taken away from them.

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