Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bundle of Myrrh

Song of Solomon 1:13
A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me.


Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is He compared to "a bundle of myrrh"? First, for plenty. He is not a drop of it, He is a casket full. He is not a sprig or flower of it, but a whole bundle. There is enough in Christ for all my necessities; let me not be slow to avail myself of Him. Our well-beloved is compared to a "bundle" again, for variety: for there is in Christ not only the one thing needful, but in "Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily," everything needful is in Him. Take Jesus in His different characters, and you will see a marvellous variety-Prophet, Priest, King, Husband, Friend, Shepherd. Consider Him in His life, death, resurrection, ascension, second advent; view Him in His virtue, gentleness, courage, self-denial, love, faithfulness, truth, righteousness-everywhere He is a bundle of preciousness. He is a "bundle of myrrh" for preservation-not loose myrrh tied up, myrrh to be stored in a casket. We must value Him as our best treasure; we must prize His words and His ordinances; and we must keep our thoughts of Him and knowledge of Him as under lock and key, lest the devil should steal anything from us. Moreover, Jesus is a "bundle of myrrh" for speciality. The emblem suggests the idea of distinguishing, discriminating grace. From before the foundation of the world, He was set apart for His people; and He gives forth His perfume only to those who understand how to enter into communion with Him, to have close dealings with Him. Oh! blessed people whom the Lord hath admitted into His secrets, and for whom He sets Himself apart. Oh! choice and happy who are thus made to say, "A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me."

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

8 comments:

Deborah said...

A beautiful devotion, Cathy! I always enjoy Spurgeon's writings...he is so poetic.

Maxine said...

We must value Him as our best treasure." This devotion has so many beautiful words. I love Spurgeon because He always draws us to our Savior. And that is appropriate for any problem we may have.

lady jane said...

Spurgeon is always amazing. :o)

I love your new blog-look, Cathy. Beautiful how you incorporated the soft tones of the picture.

Cathy said...

Maxine, I saved this devotional awhile back, because I loved the words, especially the "bundle of myrrh." And I have many more saved!

Thank you, Jane. I too believe he is awesome. I did the best I could with it, although I am not a decorator! I loved the red roses with the black and white, but thought they would not match my blue things!

Nancy said...

Spurgeon always has a way of saying things that make it so clear.

Cathy said...

Yes, Nancy, he had so much wisdom, and I just love his devotionals.

Patricia said...

How lovely - everything. The devotion and your blog's new look. =) (((((Hugs)))))

Cathy said...

Thank you Patricia, (((((Hugs))))) back to you ~