“Who is this who comes up from the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? Behold, it is the bed of Solomon. Sixty mighty men are around it, of the mighty men of Israel. They all handle the sword and are expert in war. Every man has his sword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night.” vs6-8
There is fear in the night, but God protects us. Our fellowship with Christ is safe, as we travel with Him in the world. He has fragrance for us, and He has true comfort because we’re safe from wrath and sin’s dominion. We are safe to serve God. Romans 6:22, “But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in holiness–and the end is eternal life.” Fellowship with Christ is the sweetest, safest, most fruitful thing in the world.
1 We fellowship with Him in His resurrection. We are not trusting a dead Christ but Someone alive, who meets with us. John said, “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look–I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades (Rev 1:17-18).” He saw One exalted by the Father – the Lord who put away sins, who now reigns to reveal Himself, commune with, and bring fruit from His people. He is God come to us, not far off and distant, not a set of facts, but a Person to talk to and get strength from. He is the Friend of sinners, the Comforter by the Spirit, and He comes to us.
This fellowship is sweet with power over sin. He gives us His resurrection power by the Spirit, so that what happened to Him happened to us also (Rom 6:11). We are risen – justified and sanctified – and we have the blessing. This new life is walking on water, overcoming Satan, and triumphing over the world; it is having eyes fixed on Christ.
2 We fellowship with Christ in His sufferings also. We are not merely living the triumphant life, but we have real battles and dangers to overcome. We have the safety of surrounding soldiers, as we commune with Him in difficulty. Song 3:7-8, “It is Solomon’s bed surrounded by 60 warriors from the mighty of Israel. All of them are skilled with swords and trained in warfare. Each has his sword at his side to guard against the terror of the night.” He is still with us, bedded with us and intimate, and we bear loss, trials, and difficulty, knowing that His grace is sufficient. Even while we suffer, we know that the promises are good, and we’re experiencing love’s wisdom as reconciled children. Paul said, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Phil 4:6).” Fellowshipping with Christ is safe, no matter what we go through, so we rejoice, triumph, and give God glory in our pain. We are persecuted but comforted, hated but loved, and we have nothing yet possess all things. Paul said, “As grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything (2 Cor 6:10).”
This mind of, “He’s with me”, is the overwhelming power to endure hardship as good soldiers. We are not pulling ourselves up, and it is not mind over matter. God comforts us so others know that He is faithful (2 Cor 1:6).
3 We fellowship with Christ in gospel holiness. It would not be a safe bed if holiness wasn’t our fruit, but the gospel makes us loving, kind, and gracious; it teaches us the truth and enables us to bear fruit, immediately (Col 1:6). This delivers us from the danger of unbelief and living wrongly.
Christ’s bed travels from spot to spot. It is not stationary but advancing, getting things done, and changing us. It is evangelical, as we go from hearing to doing, from receiving to giving, and from resting to working: all WITHOUT leaving bed. It is communion with the Son that makes us like Him, as we behold His love. “King Solomon made a traveling coach for himself with wood from Lebanon. He made its posts of silver, its back of gold, and its seat of purple. Its interior is paved with love for the daughters of Jerusalem (Song 3:9-10).”
This goodness of God in intimacy is the gospel bed, carried about, fragrant, and protected. It is everything that you want in this world, which is closeness to Christ and living like it. This is a rare jewel of affection, whereby love known makes us loving people. Christ’s influence on us is seen, because God makes sure there’s no danger in resting. He’s showing us the gospel is love based and love producing. 1 John 3:16, “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.” It is royal and befitting a great King.
Solomon has a travelling bed: Are you in it?