Loving our Lord | Song of Solomon 8:8-10
Song of Solomon 8:8-10
We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? :9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar. :10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
“We have a little Sister”
Here again we have a seemingly strange portion of scripture that becomes clearer when we see this as the church, the Old Testament Church. Like yesterday this must be understood from the churches point of view in the day that this was written. This church groaned for the coming of the relative messiah and now this same Old Testament church seems to be speaking of us, the New Testament church as the little sister. I know this is a stretch, but I believe it is an accurate one. We are to the Old Testament a “sister.” We have the same Father, we were born of the same grace as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David and all the other Old Testament saints, there ordinances were very different and their operations very different but man has been saved by faith through grace from the time that men could be saved. I am reminded of our relationship to this church and to these believers in Hebrews 11, by faith Abraham, by faith Sarai, by faith Noah; I hope you are familiar with that chapter of scripture. That chapter ends and chapter 12 opens with these words:
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, :2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Seeing that we have these as an example of faith, let us look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. In this Old Testament church Christ was seen in shadows and types and their faith looked forward to the same messiah ours looks back to, Jesus. We are in the same family as The Old Testament saints, we will share heaven with them, we share similar experiences with them in this life of faith that we are living now. We are in a sense “sister” to them, that is we are not exactly the same and there are different features between us but we are of the same family as that Old Testament church.
The Shulamite points out that this “little sister” is not yet mature, “she hath no breast.” Then she points out that she is fully mature, “I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.” When we liken the little sister to the not yet emerged New Testament church we can see that she is not mature at the time this is being written but the Nation of Israel is in full adulthood. The Nation of Israel is in the most prosperous state that they had ever been in or ever would be in. They had a temple, the glory of the Lord and the eternal flame abode in their temple at this time, they had their wise king on the throne to govern the affairs of their Kingdom and they the covenantal blessing of God upon them. So are we now, our bodies are the temple of the holy Ghost and the glory of the Lord and the eternal flame has burned in the heart of the church since the day of Pentecost, when it was confirmed by the filling of the disciples in the upper room and the fire that once burned in the temple and in the tabernacle was seen above their heads and now burns in the heart of the born again. We have or wise King on the Throne in heaven, he has conquered our foes and became the head of all principality and powers, we live in the covenantal blessing of our father in heaven, but thank God the responsibility and weight of our covenant has been placed on and fulfilled by Christ. Do you see how the church in this day has come to maturity. I notice also she said her breast were like towers, but the littles sisters would be a palace. So are the blessings the church has in this hour far greater than the shadows and types that the OT church lived in. They had a temple, we are the temple, they had men for their high priest, but we have “The Great High Priest,” Jesus. They sacrificed and carried out ordinance after ordinance, that were all signs and shadows of Christ, but we have the very object of the shadows, Jesus Christ himself. As a tower is of far less splendor than the palace it is built on so is the church today living in a far greater fulfilment of the promises and truths of God.
How do these verses apply to use today though, besides showing us this truth, how do we apply this truth? As that church was praying for and concerned with the ones coming up behind it let us do the same. There are those in the church that you attend that have not reached the level of maturity that you have, pray for them be concerned for them, take them to the King as did the Shulamite. Christians grow, and like every other creature we require nourishment and feeding and direction. The young converts in your church should be met by a congregation of mature Christians who are willing to take them by the hand and help them to know the King better and better, until Ephesians 4:13-14a is carried out in their lives.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: :14 That we henceforth be no more children…
Have you matured in Christ? Have you added Knowledge, virtue, temperance, brotherly kindness, patience, and charity to your faith? If not give all diligence to do so, that you won’t be barren and unfruitful [2 Peter 1:5-9]. Don’t let us our or younger brothers and sister be like the 1 Corinthian Church who were overgrown babies, having never moved from the milk to the meat. God help us to mature and help others to mature in you. Amen.