The Bridegroom’s Question

The Lord replies to those believers on behalf of his hidden one, because “all things are open and exposed—naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). He asks a question! “Why would you gaze on the Shulamite?

What are your motives, eager ones? Do you want the Shulamite, or the Shulamite’s Lord? He gently rebukes them, as he adds, “Why would you gaze on the Shulamite as on the dance of Mahanaim?” His word is quick and powerful, and pierces “to the dividing of the soul and spirit” and is quick to “judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Their desire to look on this God-possessed one is not wholly pure. She is attractive to them in some measure because certainly she is beautiful — but who brings the pleasure?

The word Mahanaim (pronounced mock-awn-ah-yim), means two camps, double camp, or two hosts, and it was a name given by Jacob to the place where the angels of God met him (Genesis 32:1-2). Which in the life of a believer speaks of our natural life, compared to our life in Christ. Here in the Song, “Why are you gazing at the Shulamite, as on two hosts of angels?” The Lord sees the eager hearts thinking of her “above that which is written.” Paul said he would not speak of the glory of the revelations of Christ to him, “so one will think more of him than is warranted by what I do or say” (II Corinthians 12:6), a sinner saved by grace.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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