He is standing behind our wall,
He is looking through the windows,
He is peering through the lattice.
Song of Songs 2:9
Today we see the Shepherd King standing outside the maiden’s window looking in. We will look at why He is outside next week, but today I want to focus on the fact that He is standing.
Remember, in our study of the Song of Songs we are looking at the Shepherd King as a specific representation of Jesus, and the maiden, well, that’s you, the individual believer, moving into an intimate and passionate relationship with Him.
At the cross, or more precisely on the cross, Jesus said “It is Finished” (I can hardly stifle the Hallelujah in my soul when I think about it.)
Do you remember during Jesus trial, at one point He was standing before the Chief Priests and the Scribes and they were questioning Him and demanding answers.
Here is a portion of their interchange:
“If You are the Christ, tell us.”
But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer. But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.”
And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?”
And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” ~ Luke 22:67-70
Paul tells us in two places that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God
… which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, ~ Ephesians 1:20
If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ~ Colossians 3:1
However, there are a couple places after Christ’s ascension where we see Him standing and they are significant.
Jesus stands at the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr in Acts 7:55, and Jesus stands at the door of the Church, knocking in Revelation 3:20.
Mike Bickel in his study of the Song of Songs, states that when Jesus is standing it is because He is about to take action.
In the case of Stephen, He is receiving into heaven the first martyr of the Christian age, the first of many. Stephen's action, laying down his life, is a catalyst for revival. Jesus stands, welcomes Stephen home, and then pours our a revival on the earth.
This demonstration of selflessness, of love, stirs the passions and courage of the Church and she moves to a new level of fervency, and she grows.
In the case of Revelation 3:20, Jesus is pictured as outside the Church. Of course He is never truly outside the true Church, but He desires access to a new place in the heart of the believer, a deeper place of intimacy in your heart.
Today Jesus is standing and inviting you to a new level, beyond worship, beyond the cocoon, beyond that secret place. [Tweet This]
Next week we will look at what is outside the walls of our safe place with Jesus.
See you again soon.