In Song of Solomon 2:8-9, the husband prepared his Bride for his voice that would reveal his command to her. He prepared her by his appearance and by his approach. Now the Bride hears the voice of her Beloved. The Bride has been prepared to hear the voice of her Beloved. His voice speaks a command to his Love.
“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10)
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;” (Song of Solomon 2:11)
“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;” (Song of Solomon 2:12)
“The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:13)
Verses 10-17 are concerned with several areas:
- The Commander (verse 10a)
- The Command (verse 10b)
- The Consideration (verses 11-13)
- The Concern (verse 14)
- The Challenge (verse 15)
- The Conclusion (verse 16-17)
“My beloved spake, and said unto me…” (verse 10a)
The Commander is her Beloved. The Bride said he is “My beloved.” The word “my” used by the woman shows possession. This is my beloved; this is my husband; this is my lover; this is my man and not another’s. She is claiming sole rights to this man.
She calls him “my Beloved,” the woman has explained in earlier verses (1:1-17; 2:3-6) why she calls this man her “Beloved.” The term “beloved” carries with it endearment and union or unity. It states that this one is above all others to me. He is not only loved, but he is my Be-loved. He is loved: adored, admired, honored, respected, and considered above all others. He is God’s choice for me and for me alone. He is my head; therefore, he is my protector, provider, teacher, and leader. He is my husband; which means he is my lover; he is mine and I am his; we are one in consummation (in body, soul, and spirit).
He is the one who kisses me with the kisses of his mouth (1:2). He is the one who draws me into his chambers (1:4). He is the one who looks on me as his wife, covered by his name, his shadow (1:6). He is the one who feeds me (1:7). He is the one who has dressed me (1:9-11). He is the one who lies between my breasts all night (1:13). He is my covering (1:14). He is my delight (2:3). He brought me to his banqueting house (2:4a). And his banner over me is love (2:4b). He has stayed me (established me) (2:5). And he has comforted me (2:5b). He has given me focus and embraced me in his love (2:6). And it is he that has appeared unto me and made his approach to me (2:8-9). Now “my Beloved” (my all in all) speaks; and his word is directed to me and me alone.
Words spoken are revelation of the condition of the heart (Matthew 15:18a). The heart is either pure or it is defiled. In this case (Song of Solomon 2:10-13) these are words of love, words of command, and words of finality.
So it is in the spiritual realm where Christ is “my beloved“; my Love; my Head; and my All in All. He is my Commander in Chief; for He is the Chief Shepherd. When Christ speaks to His Bride, it is through His Words of Love. These are Words of Command and they are Words of Finality; for there is no argument by His Bride when He speaks. He speaks to His Bride, not in the letter of the law (see 2 Corinthians 3:1-18), but in the Spirit of the Law of Love. These are not dead words, but Words of Life (John 6:63, 65-69). Revelation comes with these words (Romans 8:14-16; 10:17). When Christ opens the ears of His Beloved, she not only hears His Words, but she sees (or perceives) who He is (John 9:35-38). And Christ gives understanding to His Bride when He speaks to her of Love, Command, and Finality (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27)
Christ also gives the power to perform His Commandments (Philippians 4:13, 19; Romans 8:11-13).
When Christ reveals Himself, His Love of His Bride, and His Commandments to her; and gives her understanding and the power to perform His Word; then He makes her free (John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
Neither in the physical nor in the spiritual, where Christ’s Love abides, is there rebellion to His Word and Will. But instead there is surrender, submission, obedience, and endurance in His Word of Command. Christ always prepares His Bride to receive His Word (1 Corinthians 4:7; John 1:11-13).
Psalms 110:3 says:
“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning…”
When Christ speaks Life (John 6:63) to one of His Chosen (Ephesians 1:3-14); that one is given a new nature, a new man. He is raised from spiritual deadness to walk in newness of life. He is given a new will; he is made a new creature. (Please read Romans 6:1-23; 7:24-25; 8:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:17-25.) And then his fruit will be of the Spirit and not of the flesh (Galatians 5:22-23); and that fruit will remain (John 15:15-16).
When one Chosen of God is Born from Above (regenerated), Christ comes to dwell (abide) in that person’s spirit. (See Romans 8:11-16; Galatians 4:1-7; 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:13; Galatians 3:25-29; Ephesians 2:1-9, 19-22; 3:21; Colossians 1:27.)
This is why His People are made willing in the Day of His Power (Psalms 110:3; Philippians 2:13; Proverbs 19:21; Job 23:13-14); because Christ lives in them. Therefore, they love Him and will follow Him (John 14:15; 1 John 3:11-24; 4:7-21: John 13:34-35).
When the Chosen One is Born from Above (John 3:3-8), he then has the ability to see (or perceive) and the power to enter into the Kingdom of God. He comes out of darkness into the light (Colossians 1:12-14). Then his fruit is not unrighteousness, but righteousness unto holiness (Romans 6:18-22; Colossians 3:1-4). It is the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
So it is in the physical, when a husband reveals his love for his wife, by his attitude and actions, when he prepares her according to Ephesians 5:25-33; then her response will be to submit and obey his commands (Ephesians 5:22-24).