Good evening y’all. Today we are studying chapter 2 of the Song of Solomon.
Be blessed 🙂
I fell in love with verse 4.
“He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love”(NKJV).
God has brought me to a place of abundance; a place of fulfilment in Him and His banner over me is love. I’m overwhelmed by His love 🙂
I stumbled on the points below from an expository on this chapter done by Mike Bickle and it helped me understand the verse better. I thought I’d share them –
A. In the ancient world, an army would march in battalions under a specific flag or banner. Each unit had their own banner that was meant to clearly identify them. The banner or flag over our life that identifies who we are and where we are going in our life is Jesus’ good leadership (wise, loving, and powerful) that leads us to grow in love and in our identity as His inheritance (Bride).
B. We are called to feast at God’s banqueting table. The fulfillment of this ultimately occurs at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev.19:7). Jesus wants us to enjoy tokens of that “wedding table” in this age by the power of the Word and the Spirit. This is translated by some as the house of wine because it refers to the celebration of God’s love.
C. Jesus has a good and specific plan for each believer. He wants to bring us to His banqueting house, where we celebrate His love. His primary goal in His leadership over our life is to bring us to the banqueting house to celebrate His love for us and our love for Him. We may not know the details as to where Jesus is leading our ministries. Make no mistake about it; He is first leading us so that we feed at the “wedding table” (truths about our identity as the Bride of Christ).
D. Jesus’ goal in His leadership over us is to lead us in a way that reveals His love to us as well as imparting it in us. He is determined that we grow in love, meekness, and revelation. God’s plan and first priority for our life is much bigger than our comfort or our function in ministry. There is great confusion in many because they think His banner over their life is comfort in this age.
E. Jesus wants us to be strengthened in the revelation that we are His inheritance, with our primary identity in being a lover of God. This occurs as He feeds us on His Word related to the “wedding table.” He may “bring us to the table” by giving us a dream or a vision that excites our heart about His love. He may give us the joy of a new friendship that ministers God’s life to our heart.
F. Jesus manifests His banner of leadership over us in various ways. First, His banner over us is His lovingkindness (mercy). When we fail, the banner over our life is confidence in His mercy, not the fear of being rejected by God. We confess, “His banner over me is love, even when I fail.” Second, His banner over us speaks of His ability to overrule the negative circumstances in our life by working everything for our good (Rom. 8:28). The banner over us is His goodness in that we are not neglected by God. Third, the banner over us is to be exhilarated in God’s love instead of being deceived with the false comfort of sin.
G. He brings us to the table using both positive and negative ways because He is jealous to remove everything that hinders love in us. First, the positive way in voluntarily following His leadership to the banqueting house by feeding on and obeying His Word. Second, the negative way is seen in resisting His leadership as He seeks to take us to the banqueting house. Thus, He is forced to discipline us by exposing our sin, taking things from us, and shutting doors that frustrate us.
(extract from – Song of Solomon 2, The Brides Identity and Life Purpose, Mike Bickle, www.mikebickle.org )
I pray we have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep God’s love is. May we experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then we will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter 🙂
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***