Jesus is Standing ~ SOS Saturdays

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.

BenThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

Ben

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  1. Deborah

    I so enjoy this every Saturday! Thank you for this. I have a question and this is pertaining to another verse " I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the hinds of the field that you stir not up nor awaken love until it pleases." This warning comes twice, I think. What does this mean?

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Hi Deborah,
      I so enjoy walking through this Song too. Thanks for coming and thanks for your question. That verse does come up twice, actually the back half of the verse comes up three times in the Song. 2:7, 3:5, and 8:4. In chapter 8 it comes right after another repeat about the left and right hand of her Lover. In Chapter 3 right after she finds Him and takes Him home to her mother's house. All three come after a time of intimacy.

      Here is what I think (and I am sure there are other ideas about this out there.) The Christian world gets uncomfortable with foiks who get caught up in what they consider too much worship - too much intimacy with Christ. For instance you have heard the phrase, "so heavenly minded they are no earthly good." It's like we the church want these star gazers to get working - get on with it - come out of the bedroom and get to work in the kingdom.

      I feel like Jesus is saying here - I will get my maiden into the workplace when i am ready. I am preparing her in the chamber so she will be able to face what i have prepared for her to do in the furnace.

      Does that make sense?

      I blogged about this verse here two weeks ago. You can check that out too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for raising your hand! I appreciate it.

      Ben

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      1. Deborah

        Wow! I missed this one while on vacation. This is exactly what my friend and I were talking about. We both lead worship and for the first time aren't driven to lead but to sit with our guitar or piano and be with Him. Thank you so much for clarifying this- it really had bothered me to not understand the warning. shalom, shalom Deborah

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  2. livinginobscurity

    Wow, giving me something to ponder on-being prepared for the furnace! I have felt that. Praying I can stand in that furnace with boldness! I will be chewing on this for awhile....

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    1. Ben Nelson

      I love that the meat comes in the comments - I really liked the sound of that too. i will have to create a blog out of that at some point - but please feel free to beat me to it!

      Bless you Gayle

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      1. livinginobscurity

        Right back at you Ben! I may touch on it(really just a tap) because that has to sit and marinate a little. I look forward to what you come up with though! Just want to say I appreciate you, your blogs, and your comments. They truly do make my life richer and I am blessed to know you even if it is in the blogosphere!

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  4. Caddo-Jael

    I guess I was thinking that "the secret place" was indeed the inmost place--that you couldn't get any deeper than that with Him. And now (it's 7pm) I'm wondering if I should be nervous about the furnace... Front-Row Fretter, Cj

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Never fear the furnace - remember the boys - (was it sadsack, hatrack and UpToBedWeGo- no no - shadrack and friends) anyway - only thing burned in the furnace was the fetters and the persecutors. We are free in the furnace and Jesus comes along with the bargain.

      So take a deep breath - it's all good!

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      1. Caddo-Jael

        I about fell off my chair laughing, Ben!! Now, do you have time to address my first comment--re the "secret place"? I'll check back. God bless you and the fam Big.

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        1. Ben Nelson

          The Song is teaching me that the secret place is where partnership is forged, but remember from 1:4, her desire had 2 parts - draw me- secret place - and let us run - ministry. The first prepares us for the second, but is never replaced by the second. They walk hand in hand - That is why Jesus was going off to be alone all the time, secret place prepares for ministry, ministry drives us back to the secret place.

          Does that make any sense?

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          1. Caddo-Jael

            I don't know, I may only make a C+, or B on this class. I'm not worried about the 2nd (ministry) replacing the 1st (partnership)--but surely I can attest that anything I do which might vaguely be described as "ministry", definitely drives me back to the secret place (often in some degree of "Fret"). I think I got hung up on terminology--and was thinking you were suggesting there was someplace more intimate than THE Secret Place. And I wondered where that was....?

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  5. Debbie

    This was like a two-fer , Mr. Ben, between the post and the comments! Thank you and God bless you. Late for class but soaking it up!

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