Rise Up, My Love (167): Our Golden Head

Salvador Daili Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleiacid 11.18.14Song of Solomon 5:11 “His head is as the most fine gold…” In verse ten, the bride gave her overall impression of her lover, but now she goes on to analyze his beauties in detail, describing every aspect of his attractiveness from head to toe. “His head,” she says, “is as the most fine gold.”

What—or really who—is the head of Christ? I Corinthians 11:3 teaches us that “the head of Christ is God.” In what way is God “as the most fine gold?” In many ways! Gold is the most precious, most beautiful, most prized metal in earth—and in heaven! In heaven, the city and streets will be paved with gold (Revelation 21:18,21), and Christ himself will be adorned with a golden girdle and a golden crown (Revelation 1:13; 14:14). In the Old Testament, Job declares, “Yea, the Almighty shall be your gold and silver, a tower to you” (Job 22:25 Hebrew Interlinear Bible). God is our treasure. God is our gold… most prized, most precious, most holy. God himself is the pure, golden head of Christ!

When considering this verse, one can’t help but think of the passage in Daniel 2:31-38 where another figure with a head of gold is discussed. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, and God revealed the dream to Daniel: “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold…”

Now, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about an image with a head of fine gold left him terrified and troubled rather than thrilled (as the bride doubtless was by her vision), because Nebuchadnezzar did not know and love God at that time. Nevertheless, the symbolism of the head of fine gold was similar. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a prophecy about the kingdoms of this world, over which his was to be the first and greatest ruler, or “head.” “Thou art this head of gold,” Daniel explained to him. Gold—the best, the most beautiful, the most highly sought and prized metal in the ancient world—Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom were likened to gold.

However, as Daniel explained, the future kingdoms would be of lesser strength and power… chest of silver, thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).

What is the kingdom that shall stand forever? The Kingdom of God! Who will be the king of that kingdom? The King of Kings. Of what shall His head be made? The head of the earthly kingdoms was “of fine gold” (Daniel 2:32), but the head of the heavenly kingdom will be “as the most fine gold” (Song of Solomon 5:11)!

Who is this head of finest gold…most beautiful, most highly sought and prized ruler of the universe? Jesus Christ! For, the Scriptures say, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son…who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…and he is the head of the body, the church…” (Colossians 1:12-18).

Christ is spiritually the king whose head is “as the most fine gold,” “for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). In Christ—embodied in the Son of God—is all the fullness of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ is indeed God incarnate…God in the flesh…the head of the body…made of the finest of the best…purest gold! “And ye [we] are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10). We are complete in him who is our head. All the fullness of God is in him; he rules over every principality: every territory in the universe, and every power: every single energy or force or authority to move or change! Christ is the sovereign ruler of the universe, and we are made complete by being united with him…becoming his bride…bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh…members of his body…and joint- heirs with him in his kingdom (Romans 8:17).

(I took this picture of Salvador Dalí’s 1963 painting, “Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleiacid,” which is in the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the picture definitely speaks of God’s offering hope to those who suffer through the resurrection of His Son, I was especially taken by the image of God as our “head of gold” which is reflected again beneath the cloud within the painting.)