We have been talking for weeks about the signs of life, and it all started when Jesus, or perhaps I should say the Shepherd King called to our maiden to come out of the secret place and join Him. He has been telling her of the wonders of this newly arrived season. Now He is once again going to repeat His call for her to join Him.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!
But on the heals of this reiterated call, we have one of the most compelling and comforting invitations you will ever hear.
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely. ~ Song of Songs 2:13-14
Now let me make it clear here. Jesus is calling His bride into ministry. He is calling her out of her comfort zone, to leap and run in the hills and mountains.
Have you ever been around when someone tries to get you to minister using guilt or shame? How bout those emails? If you love Jesus you will send this email to everyone on your email list right now. If not, Jesus will be ashamed of you when He returns. (when I type this I wonder if I should even capitalize Jesus name, because they are certainly not talking about the very Son of Very God when they are threatening my eternal life because I clicked [delete] instead of [spam all known addresses.]
This is not how Jesus woos His woman into ministry.
He calls her His dove. As we have said before, the dove is faithful and has a single eye. [Click here for a refresher on the dove.]
Then He makes one of the most beautiful promises in the Bible. I will protect you! If you come with me, you will be safe. I will hide you in the cleft of the rock. You may feel like we are leaving the secret place of intimacy, but I have a secret place of ministry!
The phrase cleft of the rock is really significant. Clearly the Bible teaches that Jesus is the rock. He is that rock that Moses struck in the wilderness, and out of the cleft of that rock flowed the water that brought the Lord’s people life for 40 years, the river of life.
Jesus is that rock – the veil torn asunder by the Father – and that is where He will hide us. [Tweet this] In His broken body – in His resurrected body – In HIM – Jesus is the cleft in the rock. He wants you to be hidden in Him.
I am going to take you to a place where no one can touch you. No weapon formed against you will prosper. I am a strong tower, and you are hidden in me.
Not only will you be safe, but we will be together. I am not sending you, but asking you to join me. The call is not GO away, but COME away. This is so wonderful!
Jesus says to YOU – Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. Your voice is sweet and your face is lovely. I have chills running down my spine as I hear Jesus say these words to me.
Come away with me.
Listen, do you hear it?
Come away with me.
I will hide you in the cleft of the rock.
I want to hear your voice, I want to see your face
Your face is lovely, your voice is sweet.