In the Cleft of the Rock

In Song of Solomon 2:13, the figs represent the first-fruits of the Spirit in the believer’s new life in Christ. The fig tree endures the test of winter’s trials, and the figs remain on the branches until spring, representing the manifestation of God’s life in the believer through trials. As the figs are kept safe in winter, so His precious Bride is kept by the Lord amidst suffering as He sustains her through the Word of God and the Cross.

The believer (pictured as the bride) experiences tremendous happiness in the position of being seated in heavenly places in Christ (2). Yet, he experiences fear of leaving his comfortable fellowship and going out to follow the Lord over the rocky cliffs. Soul-winning does not interest him; he does not go into the fields and villages to co-labor with the Lord. He refuses to take the time to edify other believers in the local church, and prefers to stay at the banqueting table and enjoy what Christ has taught him.

Though the believer tries in his strength to hold on to Jesus Christ through doctrine, the Lord finally takes him to that very special place of transformation, from the cleft in the rock to resurrection life. Colossians 3:3 says, “Our life is hid with Christ in God.” Hidden and protected by the blood of the Lamb in the cleft of the rock, we learn to yield our lives in complete surrender to the Cross.

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