The 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…
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.