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If she is a wall,
We will build on her a battlement of silver;
But if she is a door,
We will barricade her with planks of cedar.

Song of Songs 8:9 NASB

The battlements in a castle wall were the openings where the archers would hide and shoot. They look like slits in the walls.

Normally, in Solomon’s day, the battlements would be made of stone, or wood, but the Bride wants to make battlements of silver.

Why silver?

It wouldn’t be practical to use silver in the real world, so we take this to be a spiritual picture.

Where gold usually speaks of royalty, silver signifies holiness in the Bible.

A wall is for the most part a defense, but the battlement is the offensive aspect of the wall.

Here is a striking idea. Holiness is an offensive position. [tweet this]

We think of holiness as passive, more of a state of being. But in the spiritual realm holiness is an offensive posture. “We will build on her a battlement of silver.”

We situate ourselves with the weapons of our warfare, high on the wall. The holiness in which we stand, rendered ours by the blood of Jesus, is the only place from which we can wage spiritual war. Spiritual warfare, if it is to be effective, must be waged from this place of holiness.

We learn from James:

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. - James 5:16 NASB

Thank You Father, for this battlement of silver You have built for us. There is no way we could ever stand unless you made a place for us.

benheadshot1Thanks for coming by today.

Stand in that high tower of holiness today, and thank Him for the price He paid so you could.

Ben

If you have been following along you know that we have spent the last couple weeks pondering Jesus’ warning about false prophets and Jude’s vivid description.

There is so much more in this tiny book of Jude

  • The way of Cain
  • The error of Balaam
  • The rebellion of Korah
  • Fallen angels
  • The prophecy of Enoch

I am not going to spend the time to unpack all of it in this series. (I heard that deep sigh of relief)

To close the Jude portion of this conversation I would love to leave you with Jude's stellar benediction.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 24-25 (KJV)

I used the King James because – well – I am holding the chalk!

Here it is -

I commit you to Him (Him who) Him, Jesus.

He – Jesus – is able to keep you from falling (do you believe that? I mean really believe that.)

He – Jesus – is going to present you to the Father (do you feel worthy to be presented to the Holy of Holies as a gift to the King of Kings and the Lord of the Angel armies?)

He – Jesus – is going to present you faultless!

This suggests something mind blowing to me. I always picture myself like Isaiah being like – woe is me – I am undone - when I get to the presence of God, but what if (please proceed with grace here) what if – WHAT IF, Jesus presented me before God and I was faultless? [Tweet This] What if, when Jesus presented me to God, I had nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be forgiven for, nothing to hide from His holiness. What if, when Jesus presents me to the Father, I am as pure as Jesus is?

Is anyone excited yet?

Makes me want to shout

Glory to the only wise God our Savior

Glory and majesty dominion and power both now and for ever to the only wise God our Savior!

Do you see what kind of wisdom it would take to come up with a plan whereby a scoundrel like me could become a worthy gift to be presented to the most awesome, and amazing, and fabulous being – the holiest of holies – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lord – Almighty God.

Be blessed today.

My mind is spinnig, and my heart soaring as I write this. Hope you are feeling a bit tipsy by now too.

BenCome back tomorrow – let’s see what happens next.

Ben

How handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant! (Song of Songs 1:16 NASB)

She has been gazing on Jesus – eyes (dove’s eyes) fixed on His wonderful face, and it’s growing on her.

In this first chapter of this wonderful song, she has come from a distant admirer with a crush on this seemingly unattainable man – the Shepherd King – to a place now where they have found one another, and are in love.

As she gazes on Him, and hears His love declared to her, His beauty in her eyes grows, and fills her every thought.

What is it that is so handsome about Jesus?

Isaiah prophesies that He will not be physically attractive:

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. (Isaiah 53:2 NASB)

So what is His great draw? His holiness.

Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9 NKJV)

There is a beauty to holiness that is not immediately evident. As you behold, gaze on, and ponder the wonderful holiness of the Lord, that which the world despises begins to grow in beauty, until we join in with the words of Keith Green “Oh Lord, You’re beautiful, Your face is all I seek.”

As we draw near to Him and He to us, we come under His correction – sometimes with out a word spoken, and His correction is for one purpose “…that we may be partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:10 NKJV)

This is our process of transformation. It comes in drawing closer to the Lord and letting Him have access to and reign over more and more of our lives.

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)

BenLet’s press into that holiness today.

See you next week.

Ben

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