Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil Are like a piece of pomegranate. (Song of Songs 4:3)
There are two schools of
1 Kings 7:20 tells us that pomegranates were carved on the tops of the pillars of
The first school of thought says, her temples being like a piece of pomegranate represents her cheeks blushing a rich red like the inside of a sliced pomegranate with emotions for her beloved. As the Beloved looked at his Bride, he could see that his attention elicited a pleasurable response. She could not hide
These emotions are behind a veil indicating as we said about the symbolism of the veil in Lesson 144 that her love for and knowledge of Jesus was not for show. She
The first of the great commandments Jesus gave us says to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matthew 22:37). In Lesson 62 we said
The second school of thought says temples like
This school of thought is supported by the fact that pomegranates when cut open look like red clusters of numerous little fruits. The thoughts and imaginations of our hearts though numerous should be beautiful and pleasing to our Beloved Jesus.
David in Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
When we consider the reason why God sent rain to flood the earth in Genesis.
The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.
God unlike men cannot be deceived or have His perception of us limited to our external actions. He sees the secret and knows our thoughts and heart. Everything we do is interpreted by our hearts and thoughts. It's why Jesus said of the Pharisees' attitude:
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8 NLT)
The more we mature in Christ, the more affectionate we are towards Him in private and in public, the more our hearts are connected to Him, and the more our thoughts align with His and His word.
PRAY WITH ME:
Dear Lord, let
REFLECT & ACT:
- Are your affections for God authentic? Can God testify you are what you are in public and
in private as well?
- Use Paul's words in Philippians 4:8 to evaluate and guide your thought life. It reads:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.