Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, Going down from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from their washing, Every one of which bears twins, And none is barren among them. Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, Built for an armory, On which hang a thousand bucklers, All shields of mighty men. Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a Gazelle, Which feed among the lilies. Song of Solomon 4:1-5 NKJV
Solomon praises his beloved. He gives seven descriptions of her beauty. They seem strange to me. You may find them odd as well. They give us a glimpse into the value system of the day. They tell us a lot about life in Israel. They tell us much about Solomon.
God has a different definition of beauty than us. He describes beauty differently than we would. His definition and descriptions of beauty tell us a lot about the Kingdom of God. They tell us a lot about the Lord.
A rich man named Nabal was harsh and evil. His name meant fool. His wife’s name was Abigail. She was a woman of understanding. She was beautiful inside and out.
David reached out to Nabal for provisions. Nabal was abusive and angry. He hurled insults at David. David armed his men to take revenge. A servant told Abigail. She prepared to protect her family.
Abigail met David. She bowed before him. She offered him gifts of food and drink. Abigail acknowledged her husband’s foolishness. She asked for forgiveness. She spoke words of wisdom to David. Abigail thanked God for preventing David from spilling blood.
David said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand!”
Abigail’s beauty came from a heart of devotion to God. She put the safety of others before her own. Her wisdom was born of humility. Humility opens blind eyes.
During a season of pain and heartache the Lord spoke to me. He said, “I have seen your pain.” God loves brokenhearted people. He is drawn to them. Brokenhearted people are beautiful in God’s sight. Heartache can produce a contrite spirit and promote humility!
Jesus gives no regard to the appearance of our bodies. He sees what is in our hearts. Jesus is the discerner of hearts. Do not worry about what you will wear or how you look. Examine yourself to see what is in your heart. What is in your heart tells Jesus everything He wants to know about you!
Set your heart on Jesus so your inner beauty can radiate before God and man!
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