8We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is spoken for? 9If she is a wall, we will build upon her a battlement of silver; and if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar (Song of Solomon 8:8-9).
Song of Solomon is dividing the young converts (little sisters) into two types: walls and doors. He is telling his readers that the support needed to grow the young in the Lord differs depending on the type of young believer nurtured. Some are to be prepared to be the defensive line and some, the offensive. Scripture calls them walls and doors.
Mike Bickle explains, “There are two directions the little sister might respond—to be a wall or a door. The Lord and the Bride respond to the little sister’s response, which is according to what God put into her heart. They will work to help her be effective according to her response to God’s call in her life.
If the little sister is called to be a spiritual wall, then the Bride and the Lord will build on her. A wall brings defense to a city and establishes a line of demarcation. “Wall ministries” either function in a pastoral way to protect the people from the enemy or they raise up God’s prophetic standard. They establish God’s line of demarcation for holiness to go forth in the land. When the enemy shoots arrows, the wall stands in the path of the arrows meant for the young ones.
If the little sister is called to be a spiritual door, then the Bride and the Lord will enclose her. A door is the point of entry for others. The “door ministries” open doors of grace and salvation for others as an intercessor, evangelist, teacher, or apostle. Intercessors open doors of opportunity for Evangelists open the door for unbelievers to come into the kingdom. Teachers open the door for believers to go deeper in God. Apostles open doors to regions for new initiatives in God.”
Nurturing the little sisters is quite a task! It takes one wise and super connected to the Lord Jesus. How does the Bride do this? She dwells in Him. Our job is to pitch our tent in God. Psalm 61:4-5 describes the heart of a king who was sold out to the King, and, therein, lay his power.
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
When people see us (the Bride) live (pitch our tent) securely in God it whets their appetite for God. We do not have to convert, fix or change them. That is not our role. Our role in the family of God is to live in such a way that the children see and want to claim their inheritance, too.
Tomorrow we will talk about the building materials, the battlement of silver for the walls, and the boards of cedar for doors. Stay tuned!