Here we see another dream that our young woman is having. Some time has passed and we see her at home dressed for the evening when her love comes to visit her. There is a knock on the door and he tells her who it is. But she hesitates to get it, because she is already comfortable. But, she finally gets up to open the door to him only to find he is gone now. She once again braves the night to go searching for her love, but this time the watchmen beat her. Special note: If she were Solomon’s wife, they would not have beaten her or she would not have dreamed such a thing…that’s why I believe Solomon and the Bridegroom are not the same. As she pleads to the daughters of Jerusalem (who are not being very nice)…again it doesn’t make sense that she would go so elaborately in describing her bridegroom’s physical features when she simply could have said her love is the King himself.
Regarding application…Jesus Knocks. Vs. 16, “…he is desirable in every way…” Did she realize this at the beginnig of her dream? Yes, but she was comfortable in her night clothes. Obviously, she regrets not responding right away to her bridegroom’s plea outside the door. But, through the loss of not having him and seraching for him…even being beaten & ridiculed…she realizes that nothing compares to Him! Perhaps it would take tribulation for her to appreciate the relationship she had with the love of her life. I wonder how many times Jesus has knocked and we have given excuses. Revelations 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” It would have been much better for her to respond sooner…and it would be much better for us to respond sooner. Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until it is seemingly taken from us. We complain about our family at times…we complain about our church at times…we complain about our friendships at times…but imagine if they were taken from you. Let’s us not be people who don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone.