Scripture Study

The Bride’s final intercession

PhotobucketThis 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).

  1. Worship – “We love You, we worship You, we beckon You to come by our love.”
  2. 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.

  1. Vertical – an upward call to Jesus to come to us in breakthrough power (near us/to us/for us).
  2. 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.

Scripture Study

Living Before His Eyes

PhotobucketAgain, I am so sorry for not posting my study last week.  Life has been busy.  We will be wrapping up our study of the Song of Solomon next week.  I want to thank you all for hanging in with me for these last 24 weeks!

(*I am taking this post from Mike’s Bickle’s notes.  His copyright is the right to copy.)

The Bride’s revelation of her accountability before God.

Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; he leased the vineyard to keepers; everyone was to bring for its fruit a thousand silver coins. (Song 8:11)

The outcome of living before His eyes is the understanding of the reality of our accountability and eternal reward before God.  On the last day, every believer will give a full account of their earthly life to God.  Her revelation of eternal rewards dignifies her smallest acts of obedience and gives every day a sense of importance.

King Solomon owned a vineyard that he leased out to keepers.  Throughout the Song, King Solomon is a picture of King Jesus.  Jesus has a vineyard which speaks of His people (Isa. 5:1-7).  King Jesus entrusted His vineyard to His Bride knowing she would keep it for Him.  Jesus’ leasing of His vineyard speaks of the Kingdom in this age as being entrusted to His people.

In the parable in Matt. 21:33-44, Jesus made reference to Song 8:11-12, by teaching about a landowner who planted a vineyard, built a tower and “leased” it to keepers then went into a far country (Mt. 21:33). We are living in time when the Lord is in a “far country”.

The Lord entrusted the responsibility to cultivate His vineyard to keepers.  Each believer is given a certain stewardship in His vineyard.  You do not need to wait for an official job description or a title from a ministry organization to be faithful to your stewardship.  Just start serving people!

The Bride understands that “everyone” will give an account to the King for their assignment (Lk. 12:31-48). Each is responsible to cultivate the vineyard in such a way to bring forth fruit.  The Lord will reward us based on the measure of our faithfulness, not giftedness or opportunity.

The Lord desires a full return of fruitfulness from each keeper. Each must bring a thousand pieces of silver. The “thousand” is a complete number which speaks of fullness or the full measure that God requires according to what was entrusted to each person. The 1,000 pieces of silver was referred to by Isaiah to mean the fullness of the potential value of the vineyard.

The Bride’s confidence in her faithfulness to God.

My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand, and those who tend its fruit two hundred. (Song 8:12)

The Bride’s own vineyard is before her. In other words, she was aware that she will give an account of the responsibility given to her by Jesus. This includes her personal life and ministry assignment. At the beginning of her journey her vineyard was not kept but now it is (Song 1:6).

The Bride is confident that she is able to give Jesus all that He expects from her by declaring that He may have the thousand pieces of silver that He requires from her in Song 8:11. Enoch before he was taken received the testimony that he was pleasing to God. She had this same confidence to say to God, “I lived to protect and nurture Your people” (Song 8:10).

Enoch…before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Heb. 11:5)

She acknowledges that those who “keep its fruit” or her fellow workers will have a portion in her fruitfulness when they stand before God. She only fulfilled her mandate as she worked in team relationship with others. Each worker on the team will share in her reward in eternity. The 200 shekels of silver speak of the portion of reward that her co-workers will receive on the last day.

The Philippians helped Paul financially and he reported that the fruit would be in their account.

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. (Phil. 4:17)

Summary:

The Bride says before God, “I am a wall. I am a tower. I am at peace with You. I am ready to give account to You because I have given You the thousand that You asked for.”

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Faith

The Bride Walks in Confidence

*I want to apologize for not posting my study last week.  I was deep into my 31 Days of Abiding posts and just plain forgot!

 

The Bride has come into a place of maturity.  She rests in the love of her Bridegroom.  She walks confidently before Him and is now able to bring those who are less mature in their faith before the Lord by way of intercession.  She is not only thinking of herself and where her love for the Bridegroom has brought her.  But her mind is on others.

I am a wall, and my breasts like towers, then I became in His eyes as one who found peace.  (Songs 8:10)

She selflessly sees herself as a wall of protection that exists to help others. She does not seek to pursue earthly pleasures but sees herself as a source of protection for others.  All of her time, energy, finances and dreams are set on serving this high purpose in God.

Throughout the Song breasts speak of the ability to nurture the young.  Breasts like towers speak of a supernatural ability to care for others. Her ministry is abundant and she has full confidence in her ability to nurture.  Jesus commissioned her to let her breasts be like clusters of the vine (Song 7:8). She skillfully uses the Word to help others.  This confidence can only come by revelation (not pride) and fills her with great thanksgiving.  She has confidence in her ministry and maturity because God spoke it to her.  She can say before God that she lives to serve His people throughout her life because that is what the Lord thinks.

She has peace in her life and calling in God before God’s eyes or before the Audience of One.  She finds peace in Jesus’ eyes alone, which is not the same as finding peace in the eyes of others.  This removes many emotional hindrances in her life as she enjoys living before His eyes.  Her spiritual identity allows her to enjoy a radiant confidence to walk in her place before God.

This confidence makes a believer powerful emotionally as they do their work in God.  Consider how much emotional energy is expended on condemnation, fear, self-doubt and uncertainty.  The fiery seal of love on the Bride’s heart has produced this confidence and purity of motives (Song 8:6).  She came to peace with God’s design for her life by knowing that she lives to partner with Jesus. It is profound to understand our life and to have confidence that we are accomplishing God’s will.

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Scripture Study

The Bride’s Final Intercession

PhotobucketThe Bride is now filled with the fire of God.  She is confident in who she is.  As we continue on in Song of Solomon, Chapter 8, we see the Bride’s heart of intercession for the Church.  (*I will be taking this material almost exclusively from Mike Bickle’s Song of Solomon Study.  His copyright is the right to copy.)

We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is spoken for? If she is a wall, we will build upon her a battlement of silver; and if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar (Song 8:8–9).

In the overflow of having the seal of love renewed in her heart, the Bride is aware of the spiritual condition of others who have remained immature in Christ. She intercedes for them.  The Bride speaks to Jesus saying, “we have a little sister”, indicating that she is in partnership with Jesus. Her original prayer in 1:4, “Let us run together,” is in the plural. All running in ministry is in the plural.  We work together with the Lord and with others to help the lost and the immature.

The Bride remembers her little sister instead of forgetting her as she moves on to deeper things.  Immature believers are under the responsibility of the Bride. The “little” sister is little in faith and thus, easily loses her courage in difficulties.  She quickly gives up in pressure. The daughters of Jerusalem were in this same condition as this little sister.

The little sister has no breasts which means she is unwilling and unable to nurture others with the milk of the Word (1Cor. 3:1-2). She fellowships with those she hangs out with, but neglects to take responsibility for others being overwhelmed with her own problems and wants. She remains a spiritual babe who is focused on herself. The Bride is not offended by her but helps her.  The Bride asks for the Lord’s counsel and help concerning the little sister. She intercedes by saying, “What shall we do for our sister? How can we help bring her forth to maturity?”

The Bride has a deep sense of responsibility for immature believers.  She is not content to go on in the Lord without helping others follow Jesus.  She knows that all will eventually stand before the Lord “in the day we are spoken for.”  The day a woman is spoken for is a reference to her wedding day. This refers to the time she attains to maturity in her bridal partnership with Jesus. For those who pursue the Lord with all their heart, the sense of being spoken for by Jesus for deep mature partnership happens in this life. To most believers, this happens on the day they stand before Jesus.

She asks what she can do in partnership with Jesus to help bring her sister forth? Many believers miss out in partnering with Jesus in taking responsibility for others in the grace of God.  The Bride presents her little sister’s case before the Lord in intercession with two possibilities.

If she is a wall, we will build upon her a battlement of silver; and if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar. (Song 8:9)

If the little sister is called to be a spiritual wall then the Bride and the Lord will build on her. A wall brings defense to a city and establishes a line of demarcation. “Wall ministries” either function in a pastoral way to protect the people from the enemy or they raise up God’s prophetic standard. They establish God’s line of demarcation for holiness to go forth in the land.

In Song 8:10, the Bride speaks of herself as a wall ministry. This involves protecting others and being a prophetic standard bearer. There are pressures associated with being a wall. When the enemy shoots arrows, the wall stands in the path of the arrows meant for the young ones.

If the little sister is called to be a spiritual door then the Bride and the Lord will enclose her. A door is the point of entry for others. The “door ministries” open doors of grace and salvation for others as an intercessor, evangelist, teacher or apostle. Intercessors open doors of opportunity for others. Evangelists open the door for unbelievers to come into the Kingdom. Teachers open the door for believers to go deeper in God. Apostles open doors to regions for new initiatives in God.

Praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word to speak…
(Col. 4:3)

There are two directions the little sister might respond, to be a wall or a door. The Lord and the Bride respond to the little sister’s response which is according to what God put into her heart. They will work to help her be effective according to her response to God’s call in her life.

The Bride says to Jesus, “We will build her into a battlement of silver.” The battlement of a fortress was on the top of the tower where the archers shot through the indentations in the stone. They shot then stood behind the stone battlements for protection. The battlements provided places for the watchmen to spot and shoot the enemy and thus, defend the city.

If she is a wall, we will build upon her a battlement of silver; and if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar… (Song 8:9)

Battlements speak of the ministries that provide safety from the enemy. Silver speaks of redemption. There was no such thing as a battlement of silver. They were usually made of stone. Battlements of silver speak of bringing redemption to others.

If the grace on the little sister’s life leads her to be an intercessor, evangelist, teacher, etc. then the Bride prays, “let us enclose her with boards of cedar.”

Boards of cedar or cedar panels were expensive, reliable, strong and scented. In the Tabernacle, wood was symbolic of humanity. The stately cedars of Lebanon were the most fragrant, strong, expensive building material. Jesus is the cedar of Lebanon (Song 3:9). The gospel chariot was made out of the cedar of Lebanon or the humanity of Jesus. The boards of cedar speak of the fragrance of Christ, as the cedars of Lebanon are fragrant. Cedars from Lebanon were used in building Solomon’s Temple for the dwelling place of the Lord’s presence (1 Kings 4:33; 5:6).

To be enclosed with the cedars of Lebanon is to be clothed with the character and presence of Jesus. We are to be clothed in Jesus who is the cedar sent from the Father.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh… (Rom. 13:14)

The Bride prayed, “We will enclose her…” Jesus and the Bride will work together with the little sister until she is enclosed by God.

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There is so much contained in these portions of scripture.  I am thankful for Mike Bickle and his study on the Song of Solomon to help me with these later chapters.  Now, it’s your turn.  If you would like to write your thoughts on this passage and link up, I would love to have you do so.  Or simply leave a comment and tell me something you learned about this portion of scripture.

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