Rise Up, My Love (215): King’s Daughter or Prince’s Daughter?

mother-and-son-playing-at-the-john-ball-petting-zooSong of Solomon 7:1. “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter!” Prince’s daughter? Commentators generally agree that the bride is a woman of unknown identity and apparently without any pedigree (although one theory is that she might possibly have been the Egyptian pharaoh’s daughter). Even if she had been the pharaoh’s daughter, how did she come by the title Solomon gave her? Why he didn’t call her “king’s daughter?” Whether or not she was the pharaoh’s daughter (and I don’t believe she was from chapter 1:5-6), as the bride of Solomon, she would have become the daughter-in-law of David, the king, so she could have been called “O king’s daughter!”

I think he called her “prince’s daughter” because he was not speaking of her earned title. Have you ever heard of an honorary PhD? It is a title earned by outstanding work in a certain field that is recognized by someone(s) with the authority to confer degrees. Rather than earning a PhD by the usual process of taking classes, writing and defending a thesis, the person is given an honorary title out of respect for their accomplishments. This is what has happened to Solomon’s wife. Having been proclaimed “Mrs. Solomon…Daughter of Peace” by the daughters of Jerusalem, now Solomon himself gives her a title: “prince’s daughter.”  visiting-the-john-ball-zooThis praise was special and I believe more intimate and spiritual than simply a commentary on the external reality of her official position in the family. Solomon was indeed the present king, but he had also been the prince…the “son of peace” and the foreshadow of the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6). This Shulamite, the “daughter of peace” was the daughter of the Prince of Peace. Solomon was claiming her as his own in the most intimate relationships possible for a man and woman; he was giving her not only all the privileges of wife, but also all the privileges of daughter. In the same way, we as believers are not only the “bride of Christ,” but “Christians”—the sons of Christ! God intends for us to become children of the Prince of Peace…so like him that we not only act like him, we even look like him!   four-siblings-from-the-same-familyHave you ever noticed how people from the same family have many characteristic habits as well as similar physical features? Have you ever watched a toddling boy attempting to imitate the manly gait of his father? How many times have you heard, “She has her mother’s smile,” or “He sounds just like his dad!”  john-ball-zoo-sitting-with-sonsOh, dear Lord, thank you that we are your children! Thank you for the knowledge that “He who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)…for knowing that because we are your children, we will grow up to look like you someday! “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, (2 Corinthians 3:18). the-avenue-des-champs-elyseesPlease help us to learn to walk and talk as you do, and may we become as beautiful as the Prince of Peace! Thank you for the truth of 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

(I don’t have any literal royalty in my family, so I hope you don’t mind that I’ve used photos of my family to illustrate. By faith, God makes us all royalty!)

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