Why do you look upon the Shulammite
as at a dance of the two armies?
Song 6:13 - Lexham English Bible
I love this phrase - a dance of two armies. Isn’t that life?
We are in the center of a conflict of two worlds.
Peter cautions us:
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. - 1 Peter 2:11
And Paul tells us:
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, - Romans 8:6-7
So we know this war rages.
But what is our part in this conflict between two worlds?
Often we as Christians set our selves in a defensive stance. We know that flesh, and our worldly desires are strong and dangerous, so we hide ourselves in our cloisters and abstain not only from the lusts, but from all contact with the world.
That is where our maiden was in her early days. She didn’t want to go and run with the Bridegroom in the hills and mountains.
But now she has found her identity. She is an ambassador from heaven to earth, for the Spirit to speak to the souls of men.
No longer does she hide in the closet, but she dances the dance of heaven right in front of the enemy lines.
David put it this way:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Psalm 23:4-5 NASB
In his wonderful book “The Supernatural Power of the Transformed Mind,” Bill Johnson speaks about Jacob’s meeting with God.
In Genesis 28 we read
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. ... He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." - Genesis 28:12, 17 NASB
If you have been following my blog for any time, you know I am fascinated by anything to do with the dwelling place or the house of God. Jesus, in no uncertain terms, foretells of a day when we will be God’s dwelling place.
So grab hold of this idea -
The house of God is the gate of heaven! (Thanks Bill!)
The place where God dwells - in us - on earth - is an access point - an entry gate - for the Lord God to touch men.
As ambassadors of heaven, when we walk in a room, we give access to the King of heaven to touch the people trapped in the kingdom of darkness.
When we preach the gospel (really Good News!!!) men and women are touched by the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are the thoroufare by which heaven can touch earth and earth can reach heaven.
So then, my prayer today is:
Swing wide you heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord
Today is a great day to dance between two armies