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I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. 

I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; 
I have drunk my wine and my milk. 
Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.

Song of Songs 5:1 NASB

Jesus, the creator of all things comes into the midst of His creation.

The infinite God steps into the soul of this one who has an ugly history but has been called out and washed in His wonderful blood.

Anything good in me comes from Him. He is the one who has eliminated my sketchy past. He is the one who gave me this new heart. If my heart is a garden, He gave me the land, He put up the fence, He formed the gate, He gave me a desire to plant, He gave that which is beautiful in me the ability to grow and flourish.

What can this garden offer the Lord?

Myrrh and balsam

Myrrh and balsam point to Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Having received the life that comes from His death, our lives, our gardens are always marked by our remembrance of Him.

As we take communion, we remember His words

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. - Matthew 26:26-28 NASB

Paul said this about his life

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ... From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. - Galatians 6:14, 17 NASB

So it is with our garden. The death and resurrection of Jesus are easily remembered. “And He built a tower in the middle of it” (Isaiah 5:2)

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Our maiden, this “all in” believer, not only remembers the cross of her Lover, but embraces it in her own life. She takes up her cross, whatever the Master puts before her, with joy.

Honey and Wine

Honey speaks of pleasure, wine of joy. Though she bears in her body the marks of suffering, her garden blossoms with deep joy and pleasure.

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalms 16:11 NASB

As the Father opens our eyes to the path He has for us to walk, though it may be the road to the cross, He does not leave us or forsake us on that path.

Get this! It’s really important. When we walk the “path of life” in communion with the Lover of our Souls, He will not leave us or forsake us. If He is with us, simply put, we are in His presence. In His presence is fullness of joy. At His right hand there are pleasures forever.

This path of life David speaks of is not ‘show me how to live so when I die I get You Lord.

No No No. More like this:

Help me walk this life in You, so I can see what You are doing and do it with You, so that I can hear what You are saying and say it too.

Sounds just like Jesus, doesn’t it? And the writer to the Hebrew believers said this of Jesus.

"YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS." - Hebrews 1:9 NASB

(I’m not shouting – that is how the NASB does quotes from the Old Testament)

Because Jesus walked in unity with the Father, His life was marked with joy and pleasure, in spite of the suffering.

This is what He finds in the garden of His beloved.

Ben NelsonThanks for checking in today.

Be aware of the Lord’s presence today.

Ben

My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh
Which lies all night between my breasts.

If you stop the man on the street and ask him, “what is myrrh?” most likely he will think you are trying to think of how to ask your question. Myrrh is not a common product today.

Anyone brought up in a society that reads the actual Christmas story will know that Jesus received it as a gift from a stranger from afar. And you might have a sense that with this myrrh comes a strange foreboding.

But that is about as far as our understanding of this ancient spice goes.

Myrrh is only mentioned 16 or 18 times in the Bible, depending on your translation. Eight of them are right here in our Song. Clearly it is a significant picture in this song, so I want to develop it a bit.

Here is what we know:

It is very precious.

When Jacob (now Israel) was preparing a gift for the Egyptian ruler (his son Joseph) who held Benjamin captive, myrrh was among the precious cargo.

Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. (Genesis 43:11 NASB)

Myrrh was an ingredient in the anointing oil God described to Moses when he was setting up the tabernacle as described in Exodus 30:23.

In the New Testament we only have 3 or 4 mentions of the spice.

First, at Jesus Birth Matthew 2:11 tells us that Jesus was given Myrrh at his birth by one of the eastern visitors. Most say that this gift to Jesus was pointing to the death He was born for.

Mark tells us (15:23) that while on the cross they offered Jesus wine mixed with Myrrh to drink, but He refused it.

Finally John tells us in 19:39 the Nicodemus brought 100 pounds of Myrrh and Aloe to prepare Jesus for His burial.

It was commonly used as a burial spice due to the strong scent, but only by the rich due to its extravagant expense.

In the Song we will consider it as a symbol of death, either the death of Christ on the cross for us, or our own daily death of self-denial as we walk out our fellowship in His suffering.

In today’s word picture, our maiden is wearing the myrrh between her breasts, resting upon her heart.

The idea here is that we are rescued by the love that drove Jesus to the cross, and so we wear the symbol of that death close to our heart.

Many today wear a cross of polished gold upon their heart. Some as a fashion statement, some as a religious artifact, but still many because of the reminder of Christ’s horrible death and magnificent resurrection.

This bundle of myrrh is a similar reminder of Christ’s sacrifice, but it carries with it that aroma, the sweet savor of His sacrifice always surrounding us.

Just as Jesus carried to the cross the scent of the spikenard with which Mary washed His feet, so the fragrance of myrrh would go with Him into his tomb. These two wonderful fragrances can only lead us to the high water mark of Christ’s love for us, the wonderful Cross.

BenThanks for stopping by.

More on the song next week.

Ben

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