Song of Solomon 5 & Hebrews 5

Song of Solomon 5

    I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
        I gathered my myrrh with my spice,
        I ate my honeycomb with my honey,
        I drank my wine with my milk.
    Eat, friends, drink,
        and be drunk with love!
    I slept, but my heart was awake.
    A sound! My beloved is knocking.
    “Open to me, my sister, my love,
        my dove, my perfect one,
    for my head is wet with dew,
        my locks with the drops of the night.”
    I had put off my garment;
        how could I put it on?
    I had bathed my feet;
        how could I soil them?
    My beloved put his hand to the latch,
        and my heart was thrilled within me.
    I arose to open to my beloved,
        and my hands dripped with myrrh,
    my fingers with liquid myrrh,
        on the handles of the bolt.
    I opened to my beloved,
        but my beloved had turned and gone.
    My soul failed me when he spoke.
    I sought him, but found him not;
        I called him, but he gave no answer.
    The watchmen found me
        as they went about in the city;
    they beat me, they bruised me,
        they took away my veil,
        those watchmen of the walls.
    I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
        if you find my beloved,
    that you tell him
        I am sick with love.
    What is your beloved more than another beloved,
        O most beautiful among women?
    What is your beloved more than another beloved,
        that you thus adjure us?
    My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
        distinguished among ten thousand.
    His head is the finest gold;
        his locks are wavy,
        black as a raven.
    His eyes are like doves
        beside streams of water,
    bathed in milk,
        sitting beside a full pool.
    His cheeks are like beds of spices,
        mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
    His lips are lilies,
        dripping liquid myrrh.
    His arms are rods of gold,
        set with jewels.
    His body is polished ivory,
        bedecked with sapphires.
    His legs are alabaster columns,
        set on bases of gold.
    His appearance is like Lebanon,
        choice as the cedars.
    His mouth is most sweet,
        and he is altogether desirable.
    This is my beloved and this is my friend,
        O daughters of Jerusalem.

(Song of Solomon 5 ESV)

Hebrews 5

    For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

    So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

    “You are my Son,
        today I have begotten you”;
        as he says also in another place,

    “You are a priest forever,
        after the order of Melchizedek.”
        In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

    About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

(Hebrews 5 ESV)

Hebrews 5: As instituted in the Old Testament Law, the role and responsibility of the high priest was to come before God as a representative acting on behalf of God’s people in order to offer sacrifices for their sin and to offer gifts of gratitude for God's goodness. Although this was a position belonging only to specific men directly appointed by God, the high priests were to remain humbled as they recognized and understood their own weaknesses as also being sinful men. 

Therefore, the author of Hebrews points out the way in which Jesus, our Lord, is the ultimate, final and eternal High Priest appointed by God. He was completely aware of the weaknesses of His flesh in that He was fully man. He was perfectly obedient in spite of these weaknesses in that He was fully God. Acting as the appointed representative of mankind, He offered the ultimate gift and the ultimate sacrifice before God by offering Himself, His life and His innocence on behalf of His people. Jesus is the Saving Agent of our eternal salvation, and the Sympathizing Advocate in our times of suffering. Therefore, may we draw near to God in prayer with confidence as we come to Him through faith in our Lord whom He has appointed as our ultimate, final and eternal High Priest.