Song of Solomon 2* The mutual love of Christ and his church. (1-7) The hope andcalling of the church. (8-13) Christ's care of the church, Herfaith and hope. (14-17)1-7 Believers are beautiful, as clothed in the righteousness ofChrist; and fragrant, as adorned with the graces of his Spirit;and they thrive under the refreshing beams of the Sun ofrighteousness. The lily is a very noble plant in the East; itgrows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem. The churchis weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her. Thewicked, the daughters of this world, who have no love to Christ,are as thorns, worthless and useless, noxious and hurtful.Corruptions are thorns in the flesh; but the lily now amongthorns, shall be transplanted into that paradise where there isno brier or thorn. The world is a barren tree to the soul; butChrist is a fruitful one. And when poor souls are parched withconvictions of sin, with the terrors of the law, or the troublesof this world, weary and heavy laden, they may find rest inChrist. It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sitdown under it. Believers have tasted that the Lord Jesus isgracious; his fruits are all the precious privileges of the newcovenant, purchased by his blood, and communicated by hisSpirit; promises are sweet to a believer, and precepts also.Pardons are sweet, and peace of conscience sweet. If our mouthsare out of taste for the pleasures of sin, Divine consolationswill be sweet to us. Christ brings the soul to seek and to findcomforts through his ordinances, which are as a banqueting-housewhere his saints feast with him. The love of Christ, manifestedby his death, and by his word, is the banner he displays, andbelievers resort to it. How much better is it with the soul whensick from love to Christ, than when surfeited with the love ofthis world! And though Christ seemed to have withdrawn, yet hewas even then a very present help. All his saints are in hishand, which tenderly holds their aching heads. Finding Christthus nigh to her, the soul is in great care that her communionwith him is not interrupted. We easily grieve the Spirit bywrong tempers. Let those who have comfort, fear sinning it away. 8-13 The church pleases herself with thoughts of furthercommunion with Christ. None besides can speak to the heart. Shesees him come. This may be applied to the prospect the OldTestament saints had of Christ's coming in the flesh. He comesas pleased with his own undertaking. He comes speedily. Evenwhen Christ seems to forsake, it is but for a moment; he willsoon return with everlasting loving-kindness. The saints of oldsaw him, appearing through the sacrifices and ceremonialinstitutions. We see him through a glass darkly, as he manifestshimself through the lattices. Christ invites the new convert toarise from sloth and despondency, and to leave sin and worldlyvanities, for union and communion with him. The winter may meanyears passed in ignorance and sin, unfruitful and miserable, orstorms and tempests that accompanied his conviction of guilt anddanger. Even the unripe fruits of holiness are pleasant unto Himwhose grace has produced them. All these encouraging tokens andevidences of Divine favour, are motives to the soul to followChrist more fully. Arise then, and come away from the world andthe flesh, come into fellowship with Christ. This blessed changeis owing wholly to the approaches and influences of the Sun ofrighteousness. 14-17 The church is Christ's dove; she returns to him, as herNoah. Christ is the Rock, in whom alone she can think herselfsafe, and find herself easy, as a dove in the hole of a rock,when struck at by the birds of prey. Christ calls her to comeboldly to the throne of grace, having a great High Priest there,to tell what her request is. Speak freely, fear not a slight ora repulse. The voice of prayer is sweet and acceptable to God;those who are sanctified have the best comeliness. The firstrisings of sinful thoughts and desires, the beginnings oftrifling pursuits which waste the time, trifling visits, smalldepartures from truth, whatever would admit some conformity tothe world; all these, and many more, are little foxes which mustbe removed. This is a charge to believers to mortify theirsinful appetites and passions, which are as little foxes, thatdestroy their graces and comforts, and crush good beginnings.Whatever we find a hinderance to us in that which is good, wemust put away. He feedeth among the lilies; this shows Christ'sgracious presence among believers. He is kind to all his people.It becomes them to believe this, when under desertion andabsence, and so to ward off temptations. The shadows of theJewish dispensation were dispelled by the dawning of the gospelday. And a day of comfort will come after a night of desertion.Come over the mountains of Bether, "the mountains that divide,"looking forward to that day of light and love. Christ will comeover every separating mountain to take us home to himself.
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