|¶||Tell me, O thou whom my soul|
loveth, 'where thou feedest, where
thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon:
for why should I be as one that turneth
aside by the flocks of thy companions?
This verse is open to interpretation. I perceive its'
meaning relative to seeing the bride of Christ,
and relating it to how we feel, while in love with
Christ, still lacking his physical presence, and
waiting for him to return with the angels.
In this view, I believe this fits in with our
desire to see Christ return. She asks where
he is, where his flock is dwelling, since she
was in Jerusalem, and even as King, Solomon
ruled from there, and betrothed to her, she
was without his company.
She beckons to him often in Song of Sol,
"where are you?" She often asks the
daughters of Jerusalem, "Where is he?"
She is obviously speaking to him in his
absense, the way we pray to God, although
he is unseen, with the expectation that he
hears our prayers and will answer us.
She tells him that her soul loves him.
This is more intense than young love
where physical desire towards a lover
obliviates other deeper purposes of the
Her soul is empty without his presence and
all she can do is beckon him silently.
This is what we do when we pray.
"Why should I be as one that turneth
away" is better translated as,
"Why should I be as one who mourns,
and has to be content with being
covered by a surrogate representative,
instead of being embraced by God
himself, and in his presence instead
of a pastor.
|for|| || |
|why should I be as one that turneth aside|| |
1) to cover, enwrap, wrap oneself, envelop oneself
1) to wrap, envelop oneself
2) to cover (the beard in mourning)
3) mourner, one who covers (participle)
b) (Hiphil) to cover, enwrap, envelop
2) to grasp
a) (Qal) to grasp
As "covering", attah it is often culturally related to
repentance, shame, or mourning by context.
It's first use in the OT in the Law, puts
a leper into a shamed position, because
symbolically being "unclean" was to teach
the Hebrews about spiritual uncleaness.
|Lev 13:45 ||And the leper in whom the plague [is],|
his clothes shall be rent , and his head
bare , and he shall put a covering 05844
upon his upper lip, and shall cry
, Unclean , unclean .
Jer 43:12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses
of the gods of Egypt ; and he shall burn them,
and carry them away captives : and he shall array
himself with the land of Egypt , as a shepherd 07462
putteth on 05844 his garment ; and he shall
go forth from thence in peace.
This verse in Jer. is closest in context. As
a shepherdess, Shulamite is comparing
herself to the one who tends the flock,
and can only comfort herself by human fellowship
with flawed and second-best representation.
|why should I be as one that turneth aside|| |
|by the flocks|| |
|of thy companions?|| |
By understanding the metaphorical use of
these words, in context, her declaration to
be solaced by being covered by the flocks
of companions, is a way of her stating
that she is not content to be cloaked in
This is our plight, having no choice but
to follow often inferior pastors, with their
sometimes flawed, or adulterated interpretations
of spiritual things, compromised to suit
the whims of man.
How many churches had pagan and
obscenely decorated X-mas trees the
past month, fabricating a fairy tale
version of Christ's holy birth? How many
churches have decorated eggs at
Easter? Spiritual adultery is
fierce business, and there are almost
no churches that are unmarked by this
Without Christ himself to lead us
and teach us, we are left with these
corrupted adulterated pastors, who
go through corrupt seminaries to learn
their worldly vows and agendas.
There are virtually no churches where
the congregation has the man of
God taught by the Holy Spirit alone.
When Christ went into the Temple,
the Pharisees and Saducees were
enraged by him, spitting at the notion
that an unlettered man outside
the official laity professed to
have his instruction by God, himself.
It was not only unacceptable, but,
they conspired to kill him.
Who are we left with in this world
without Christ here to lead us in
righteous paths, but, these kind of
flawed church leaders who profess that
a good life entitles us to wealth,
physical rewards and worldly, even
hedonistic things, like they preach
at Christmas. Almost all of them are
virtually stained with the mystery
They are blind to how sinful these
customs of foreign cultures are. They
have adulterated the pure fruit of the pasture
and vineyard of God, planting seeds of
the mystery religion, so much so, that
if you rail against Christmas or the
fake Sabbath, it is you who are cast
out of church. (I should know...).
I'm not putting myself higher, because
I have unconquered sins and desires that
disqualifies me as Saint of the month.
However I do have this conviction, and
I will never compromise the things I see
as ungodly in the Church.
Shulamite is in this position, because
she is despised by the brethren, and
even beaten up when seeking "him
who my soul loveth." She later writes
that the watchmen of the city of
Jerusalem not only despised her, but,
beat her. Watchmen are a symbolic
standard for pastors.
Professing vision, they neglect their
own blindness. Who is a substitute
for Christ himself, in this day and
age? Can any mortal pastor claim to
be free of pagan roots and theory,
when almost all of them have
changed the day of the Sabbath,
the times of worship, and have
given place to such hedonistic
worldly things like Christmas.
2) associate, fellow, worshippers
Companion in the brethren today is to accept
their adulterated world religion. To complain
about Christmas or the sun-worship Sabbath
of the pagans is to invite harsh criticism. They
will rebuke you telling you that in the NT, we
are told not to let anyone judge us in food or
in celebration of a Sabbath, except that verse
means that let no one tell you that you
shouldn't worship on Saturday, or celebrate
the HEBREW Sabbaths, spurning the
pagan ones. It never means it's okay to
combine pagan heritages by calling them
by Christian names.