This post concludes our study of the Song of Solomon. I will be using notes from Mike Bickle again today. Look for a future post about what is coming up in January!
You who dwell in the gardens, the companions listen for your voice—Let Me hear it! (Songs 8:13)
Jesus’ last words to the Bride commend her effectiveness in serving the Church. He names her, “You who dwell in the gardens” to affirm that she is still dwelling in the midst of God’s garden serving His people instead of retreating in selfish isolation. She did not quit. The gardens (plural) refer to the many parts of the Church as the beds of spices in Song 6:2 did.
Jesus calls the Bride to fervent worship and intercession one more time by telling her that He still wants to hear her voice. Her voice was sweet to Him in her immaturity (Song 2:14). How much sweeter is her voice now that she walks in mature union with Him as His beloved partner?
The Lord wants to continually hear our voice in these four ways:
- First, in worship as He forever wants to hear us declare our love to Him.
- Second, in intercession as we join Jesus who makes intercession forever (Heb. 7:25).
- Third, in teaching as we speak the Word to one another (Mt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:28).
- Fourth, in evangelism as we share the gospel to unbelievers.
The Bride intercedes for Jesus’ quick return.
Make haste, My Beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices. (Songs 8:14)
The Bride immediately obeys Jesus’ exhortation to let Him hear her voice by interceding for Jesus to come quickly. We see the urgency and longing of her heart to be with Jesus. She calls Jesus, “My beloved” because her love for Him is her strength to the end.
The Bride offers a 3-fold prayer that Jesus come near her personally in intimacy, to her city in revival and finally for her at the Second Coming. The End-Time Church has this same prayer.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”… 20 Surely, I am coming quickly. (Rev. 22:17, 20)
- Come near us in intimacy (individual breakthrough of our heart in God)
- Come to us in revival (regional or national breakthrough of the Spirit in revival)
- Come for us in the sky (historical breakthrough by the Second Coming of Jesus)
The Bride’s cry is a 2-fold expression for Jesus to come (breakthrough).
- Worship – “We love You, we worship You, we beckon You to come by our love.”
- Intercession – “We need You, we pray for You to come and release revival power.”
There is a two-dimensional cry: upward to God and outward to people.
- Vertical – an upward call to Jesus to come to us in breakthrough power (near us/to us/for us).
- Horizontal – an outward call to people to come to Jesus as the Bridegroom King.
Through our intercession, we call both believers and unbelievers to experience the Bridegroom God. The Church will “call out” in two directions. First, we will call out to Jesus in intercession to “come to us,” and second we will call out to people who thirst to “come to Jesus.”
Make haste…and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices. (Songs 8:14)
I am not putting up a link this week. But I would love for you to share your thoughts on this portion of scripture. I really do appreciate you staying with me through this study and I hope it has been beneficial to you. Be sure to visit mikebickle.org for more on the Song of Solomon.