How is your Beloved better than others?
That question stirs her whole being. Her Beloved? How can she describe him who is the effulgence (“emanation,“ as of light from the sun) of the Father’s glory, “the Son he loves . . . who is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:13,15)?
The Bridal spirit is moved to the depths of her being. The shadow on her spirit fades away. The Lord rises on her in new glory as the Sun of Righteousness, with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2). She bursts out with such a vivid word-picture of him that her hearers, too, are moved. “My lover is radiant and ruddy,” she says, as he breaks afresh in her vision. He is the Lamb slain in the midst of the throne. “The Lamb” is both His nuptial and sacrificial name (I Peter 1:19; Revelation 19:7), characterized by white and red; white, His spotless manhood (Revelation 1:14). “The Hebrew for white is correctly translated ‘illuminated by the sun,’ white as the light (compare Matthew 17:2); red, in His blood-dyed garment as slain (Isaiah 63:1-3; Revelation 5:6; 19:13). Angels are white, not red; the blood of martyrs does not enter heaven; He alone is seen there” (A. R. Fausset, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible).
The Apostle John knew the Lord as the Crucified and Risen One long before he saw him in his glory with his face as the sun shining in full strength (Revelation 1:16), and this was followed by a still fuller revelation of him, through the door which was opened in heaven, as the Lamb in the midst of the throne.
Is this a fresh vision of the Lord that has come to the hidden one because she has followed on to know him and to be made conformable to his death? It may be, because she describes him, for the first time, in the glory of the radiant light that Ezekiel calls the “terrible crystal“ which surrounds the throne of God. Yet, in the light of heaven he is ruddy with the marks of his passion. It seems reasonable to connect the thought suggested by her words radiant (or white) and ruddy and see him here illuminated to the eyes of her heart as the:
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To echo something Keith said, “I only want to build God’s Kingdom and see it increase, not my own. If someone writes a great poem no one praises the pencil they used, they praise the one who created the poem. Well, I’m just a pencil in the hands of the Lord. Don’t praise me, praise Him!”
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