I am so excited about what I am sharing with you today. Don’t miss a single word. We are going to break down the composition of this palanquin, this coach that the King has made for our maiden.
King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair
From the timber of Lebanon.
He made its posts of silver,
Its back of gold
And its seat of purple fabric,
With its interior lovingly fitted out
By the daughters of Jerusalem.
Song of Songs 3:9-10
A few weeks back we looked at the army accompanying the Kings procession, and we said that the Shepherd King was demonstrating that He was 100% capable of keeping the maiden safe, as she ventures into a partnership with Him, as she steps out in the ministry He has prepared for her, and for which He has prepared her.
Today we take a look at this sedan chair or palanquin (NKJV) and I think you will like what we learn.
Every element of this palanquin speaks of redemption. Let me break it down for you.
The first thing we notice is that the King made it Himself. Our redemption from the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of sin, can only be wrought by God. There is no work of human hands that can rescue us from the unrelenting death set in motion by our sin. Salvation is exclusively the work of God on our behalf.
Next we see that this redemption sedan chair is made of wood. Jesus is our Rock, the Rock of our salvation, yet he became flesh, the Rock became wood, God made flesh to accomplish our restoration to the Father.
Notice that it is a chair, not a podium, not a lounge. We are given a seat, a royal one at that, so as we travel through this life, we can be seated with Him, and as we will see, in Him. And seated beside the King as we travel through life, we are seeing our lives through His eyes. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
We see that redemption is a journey and so it is not a throne that is made for us, but a traveling chair. The Shepherd King has made provision to carry us from the wilderness to the wedding feast, and all the while we can be in His company, and under His protection.
Posts of silver point to the price of redemption. By Levitical law the firstborn of most livestock, and the firstborn child was holy to the Lord, but was to be redeemed by an offering of silver. We know that the life of Jesus was paid for with silver when Judas gave Him over for that hellish ransom paid by Caiaphas and company.
Gold speaks of the divine nature. I love that it is the back of the seat that is of gold, because it reminds me of John the beloved leaning on Jesus at the last supper.
Purple speaks of royalty. You, the bride of Christ, are marrying into royalty. I think this is why in each generation we are so taken by the princesses that come from common birth. In my parents generation it was Grace Kelly, in my generation it was Princess Di, and today we have Kate Middleton. We identify with the idea of being lifted from the common life we know to the level of royalty. It’s why so many fairy tales are about princesses.
Finally we see this carriage is “lovingly fitted out for the daughters of Jerusalem.” There is a split in translations between “by” and “for,” and I am going to opt for the later. The compassion of Christ is what moves Him to “prepare a place” for us, a heavenly place. That place is ready for us to inhabit today.
And that is it in a nutshell. Jesus tells us
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. – John 14:1-3
Remember where we came from – her heart was troubled – she was afraid to move out, much like the disciples would be later that evening when Jesus was taken from the garden into the custody of the Jews and Rome.
The Shepherd King goes off to “prepare a place” and then comes back so they can be together in that place.
And what of His return? His is risen from the dead and comes back to His following – His maiden – His bride, and breathes on them and says receive the Holy Spirit. Not many days hence the Spirit is poured out as never before on this group of one hundred and twenty, and they are invited to a new place.
The days of Him walking the earth as the God-man – 100% human (wood of Lebanon) and 100% divine (the golden seat back) are passed to us. You and I are now the God-men – 100% man filled with the Holy Spirit of God (who is 100% God) and sitting on a seat lovingly prepared for us by Jesus Himself, supported by the redemption freely offered and freely given (silver posts) sitting in the very throne room of God, in Christ (the purple seat.)
Wow – this is really making me happy. What a great day.
Lord, I know some of the reality of this is for a day yet to come, but I know there is more of your life – your royalty and divinity – available to me today. Help me walk worthy of the calling with which I am called (Ephesians 4:1.) Help me to be a ‘partaker of the divine nature’ as Peter says. (2 Peter 1:4) Thank you for these great and precious promises, and this marvelous picture You have shown us today.
I think next week we might actually get to Chapter 4 (but we’ll see)
Have a great Saturday
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