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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

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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

In Solomon’s day, an unwalled city was vulnerable to attack from anyone. Any army could march right in and take a city without a wall.

The wall provided much needed protection in times of war, or times of random terrorist attacks.

Remember the Bride is talking to the Shepherd King about how to mentor her little sister. If she is a wall, we will train her to care for the flock of God.

We will build battlements of silver.

The battlements were slits in the wall, where an archer could hide, and still attack the oncoming enemies.

We must teach her how to be a hedge of protection round about those she is covering. We must train her to love those she is protecting and demonstrate a love that lays down it’s own life.

After all, isn’t that what Christ has for us?

He has been a wall for us, protecting us from the onslaught of our enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil. He has also been a wall protecting us from the onslaught of the righteous wrath of God. He has been a firm foundation on which we are called to build our lives.

I know it’s a different metaphor, but it bares consideration.

In Matthew 7, at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says this:

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. - Matthew 7:24-25 NASB

The rain fell and the floods came. This is not a picture of life’s hard times. This is a clear picture of the wrath of God—as it was in the times of Noah, Christ was the Ark, Christ is the Foundation and Christ is our Wall—our great defense.

After the model of Christ, the one who laid down His life to protect us, to save us, we teach men and women to be walls.

We teach them how to build a hedge of prayer so the Father will not say of our generation:

"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. - Ezekiel 22:30 NASB

We need walls today. We need those who are willing to lay down their lives for the flock. We need people who will stand in the gap and pray for their generation, for our generation.

Are there any Nehemiah’s in the room? Anyone willing to build a wall, against all odds?

benheadshot1I pray there are.

Ben

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Fence

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

I’ve been thinking a bunch about walls and doors of late. Or more precisely as fences and gates. I’m replacing the fence in my backyard with some fence given to me by a brother. He’s in the fencing business, and was replacing a fence that was only a couple years old. When he learned that much of my fence as falling down, and deteriorating he offered to drop off this old fence to my home. What a huge blessing. Neighbors were starting to complain about my dilapidated (and altogether missing in some spots) 40-year-old fence. They are thrilled to see a new fence going up.

In the process, I have had to plan where the gates would go, and how I was going to lay it all out to make the best use of what I’ve been given. How do I  connect the gate, and ensure that it will open and close, let people in or out, and still enclose the yard properly.

Now back to the Song. The bride chats with the Shepherd King about the discipleship of her little sister. Their discussion comes around to how best to prepare her for ministry. She talks with her partner in ministry about those she is bringing along in the faith.

Before we get to doors and walls, think about this conversation. We’ve said the bride is a mature saint and her partner is the Lord Jesus Christ. They are partners in the making of disciples.

Before Jesus left for heaven, he gave some instructions to those who would follow Him.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20 NASB

He did not command them to make converts.
He did not require them to create laws to demanding righteous living from those who did now know Him.
He did not ask them to build buildings, and create programs.

He commissioned them to make disciples, to take what He had taught them, and teach it to others.

As this plays out, they find that the Lord plants in different people, different gifting. They learn that some have a call on their lives to bring people into the kingdom - a gifting in evangelism. Others are bent more toward pastoring, nurture, and protection.

At times we can all do both, and in a sense as we make disciples, we are doing both. We are bringing those we win though the gates, and then helping to build walls for their protection.

Paul speaks to some of the “walls” of Emphasis, when he is leaving them for the last time.

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. - Acts 20:28-30 NASB

One more observation.

The Great Commission, to make disciples of every nation, was not given to one person, but to the group of followers at His ascension. It was not meant to be carried out by one person, or by one local church, or by one denomination.

No - this commission was given to the whole Church, and the promise was that as we carry it out, He would be with us.

So here He is with the bride as she is making disciples.

It’s a beautiful picture of Christ and us together, raising up young christians in ministry. We look together at how they were formed, their giftings and callings, their bent. We help them to move into what God has formed them to be.

Are you a wall or a gate, or more of a combination?

benheadshot1Thanks for stopping by today.

Have a great weekend.

Ben

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