Song of Solomon 5:12 (his eyes are) “…washed with milk and fitly set.” What did the bride see in her lover’s eyes? She saw his passion, his peace, his purity…and now: his perfection. “Fitly set” comes from the Hebrew word millet translated “sitting upon the fullness” and according to one commentator refers to the intricate beauty of a filled in section of the terraced wall of Millo (which still exists to this day…so you can bet it was “fitly set” 3,000 years ago!). The New International Version (NIV) renders this text: “mounted like jewels;” the Jerusalem Bible reads, “at rest on a pool.” The verbal root means “to fill or make full.” Clearly the idea is one of fullness or completion. The bridegroom’s eyes were large, full, sparkling, and round; they were well proportioned and set perfectly into his face. This matchless one had eyes that were perfect in beauty…and function: because they were “fitly set:” he could see with proper depth perception and perfect perspective! Have you ever had an eye injury? Once as a young mother I was conducting a children’s Bible club for the youngsters in our apartment building. After the class was over, one of the children, who’d just won a balsam wood glider, sent it sailing into the air—and wouldn’t you know, it accidentally hit me right in the eye! (But not really this little guy; he’s my grandson.) I had to have emergency treatment by an ophthalmologist and wore a patch over one eye for several days. Thankfully, my vision wasn’t permanently damaged, but during the time the patch was over my eye, I developed a whole new appreciation for the tremendous value of having two eyes. Without the use of two eyes, there is no accurate way to access depth, and you’d be amazed at how many things are affected by proper depth perception! Our Lord’s eyes were “fitly set.” He had (has!) perfect perspective and perfect depth perception—physically and spiritually. His eyes were perfectly—“fitly”—set for beauty and clarity of vision. Oh, the wonder of his eyes of love! Wouldn’t you love to have perfect perception too? It’s not humanly possible, but inasmuch as we have the mind of Christ, we will have the right perspectives and depth perception that penetrates right into the heart of eternity!
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?
but we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”