Song of Solomon 1:16 “Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.” Here the bride echoes back the joyous exclamations of her lover, even has she has seen the reflection of her own love deep within his eyes. That Christ could find us fair is part of the “over and abundant, more than we could ask or think” provision of his infinite love (Ephesians 3;20). But, the bride describing her Lord as “fair” shows that she knows him…but only a little! Our Lord declares that His bride is the “fairest among women” (verse 8), but He is “fairer than the children of men” (Psalm 45:2). Not the “fairest” but more fair than the fairest…not to be compared, because he is better than the best!
And, here is a thought for couples. Do you consider one another to be “the fairest” and the best? Have you learned to honor your partner as your most cherished earthly possession? It is our privilege in marriage to model the relationship of Christ and his bride, the church. As such, we should always honor our partner with the reverence we would accord Christ. We should always speak more highly of them and be more delighted in their presence than anyone else on earth. Wow! I still have a lot to learn!
“Yea, pleasant.” Na im is the Hebrew word used here, and it carries the connotation of not only lovely, but of being a delight to the senses (BDB [BrownDriverBriggs], 653…which will normally be my source for definitions unless otherwise noted). It is a term used to describe the delectable taste of bread and the music of the harp. Psalm 135:3 calls us to “sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.” Is there any name so sweet as Jesus? Is there any sound so dear as the voice of our lover? Is there anything in life so pleasant as communion with our Lord? “In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). Surely, our Lord is not only beautiful beyond description, he fills up our senses with pleasure in his presence. “Also our bed is green.” Green speaks of life and growth. Green is the color of restfulness…of grassy meadows and chapeled pines. The expressions of love shared in their bed were fresh and alive: green…growing…vibrant. Green also speaks of verdancy: new growth…inexperience… youthful innocence. Is there any green richer than the emerald of early spring? So, the bride, rejoicing with her lover in the spring of their marriage finds their bed fresh and new. It is green. It is full of new life and the delight of watching their love grow and bloom like a flower’s first blush as she opens her petals to the sun.
The marriage bed is holy (Hebrews 13:4). Those who partake of its pleasures with a pure heart are innocent of sin. It is here that the bride finds ever green rest with her beloved Prince of Peace and Lord of Glory. And, shouldn’t she, knowing that someday at his glorious name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess his lordship (Philippians. 2:11)? Then our eternal rest will begin.Consider the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. Red speaks of sin: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:17). Did you know that there is absolutely no red in the color green?…no taint of sin! In the eternal rest of heaven, the question of sin will never again arise!
Green, the opposite of red, is made from blue and yellow. To find a soothing blue, one naturally turns his eyes skyward, and in the heart awakened to God…to thoughts of heaven and God; in fact, blue has often been called the “heavenly” color. In Numbers 15:38, the children of Israel were admonished to put fringes of blue on their garments to remind them that they were God’s children and should obey his commandments.
The most constant yellow in everyone’s world is the sun, which again turns our eyes upward. The ancients all recognized the sun’s great power, and many of the heathen made the sun an object of worship, but to those of us who have felt his fire, the sun is but a reminder of the Son of Righteousness…unchanging, all powerful, eternal. Blue and yellow working together make green, the sure foundation of our peace and eternal rest based on the heavenly character of God and his immutable promises to his Son and his Son’s bride. It is our gift and joy to rest with Christ in the ever green bed of his divine love and eternal security!