Ministers, have breast like roes!
Songs of Solomon 4:5 -
Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
Yesterday I was meditating on the right way of ministering and today the Lord gave this awesome scripture. You may wonder what has this scripture to do with ministering.
In one of my previous mails I told you that the book Songs of Solomon is a true example of image study. For a lay person the scriptures may look something crazy, but a person give the ability to understand image study will find it like a fountain of spiritual knowledge and understanding.
The scripture talks of two breasts being like roes. Now we know this is a weird comparison but when we go into what they symbolize this become a very beautiful instruction for those who work in the Lord.
I told you about Adam (man) being made physically in the nature of God, but when God created Eve (woman) He made her from the bone (nature / character) of Adam (man). In spirit both being identical but in physical man and woman are different. Therefore studying the anatomy and physiology of a woman in spiritual symbolization, will give us tremendous understanding of how of mankind made by God.
The breast of a woman has a purpose which is to feed its little ones. In spirit they symbolize the ministering or preaching that one does to those given unto him or her. The construction of the breast, its design and properties will give man the right instructions of how to minister. The construction is soft around but at the time of feeding the center (nipple) from where milk flows stands up and becomes hard. It also does not become so hard as to hurt the feeding baby.
The scripture specifies two breasts. Now, when we spiritually feed others we need to also realize that we need to feed one more person and that is ourselves. Most people working in the Lord's vineyard are just feeding others but are not feeding themselves. They measure their spiritual growth by the number of people they minister or by their popularity. A tree is not considered good if it has only leaves and no fruits. Nor is it good to see a tree with only fruits and no leaves. God has designed trees to have both abundant leaves and abundant fruit.
Coming to the part why breast are being symbolized as roes / deer. We need to understand the animal to understand what the Lord is trying to tell us by this scripture. The animal is a lean animal not having extra fat; it has just sufficient so as to not hamper its speed at the time it is under attack. The legs of the animal looks thin and weak but when it performs it amazes every eye that sees it.
The Hebrew word used for lilies comes from the root word joy.
The Lord is asking to be like roes and to feed our spiritual little one like He a woman's breast that feeds its baby. Only when we do this, will we be feeding on the joy of the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are a wonderful God. You made all things in your abundant wisdom, so that by the understanding of things we would have abundant life. Lord help your people who You have called to work in your vineyard to abide by the instructions so that You are glorified among your people and we in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
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