Distinguished Among Ten Thousand

Tim Brown

READ : Song of Solomon 5:9-16

My beloved is all radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand. (v. 10)

Like deep calling to deep the Shulammite’s vision of her beloved “all radiant and ruddy” calls to St. John the Divine’s vision of the risen Christ: “His head and his hair were white as wool, white as snow …” While this vision deserves to be analyzed line by line, all the lines taken together tell us what our sisters and brothers past have told us all along: Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for all our needs!

Again listen to the great biblical theologian John Calvin as he extols the beauty and complete sufficiency of Jesus Christ: “We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is ‘of him’ … (If we seek) newness of life it is in his resurrection, (and) if immortality, in the same … since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.” Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for all our needs!


Give us eyes, O God, to behold the beauty of the Lord and find in him all things needful. Amen.