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April 13

My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
Song of Songs 1:13

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

In this verse, myrrh is chosen as “a type of [Christ] who was to come” (Rom. 5:14 ESV) because of its preciousness; its perfume; its pleasantness; its healing, preserving, and disinfecting qualities; and its association with sacrifice. But why is Jesus compared to “a sachet [or pouch, NASB] of myrrh”? It is due to His sufficiency, for He is not simply a drop of it, but a barrel full. He is not just a sprig or a blossom of it, but an entire bouquet. In Christ there is enough for all my needs, so may I not be slow to avail myself of Him.

Our beloved Savior is compared to a sachet or pouch of myrrh because of His depth and fullness, “for in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col. 2:9). He meets every variety of needs, not just one, for everything we need is found in Him. Just consider the wonderful variety of roles He fulfilled — Prophet, Priest, King, Husband, Friend, and Shepherd. Think of His life, death, resurrection, ascension, and His second coming. Then picture His goodness, gentleness, courage, self-denial, love, faithfulness, truth, and righteousness. Everywhere we look He is a treasure of sufficiency.

In fact, Jesus is referred to as “a sachet of myrrh” to convey the idea of something to be kept safe and guarded as a treasure. We must value Him as our greatest treasure, prizing His words and His precepts. We must keep our thoughts and knowledge of Him as though they were under lock and key in our hearts in order to keep the Devil from stealing anything from us.

Finally, Jesus is called “a sachet of myrrh” as a symbol representing His extraordinary distinguishing and discriminating grace, for “before the creation of the world” (Eph. 1:4) He was set apart and consecrated for His people. He gives His perfume only to those who understand how to enter into communion with Him — those who have an intimate fellowship with Him.

Oh, how blessed are those to whom the Lord has disclosed His secrets — those for whom He has been set apart! Oh, the joy of those who have been chosen and made to say, “My beloved ‘is to me a sachet of myrrh’ ”!

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

Another significant mention of myrrh in the Bible is this from the Psalms: “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia” (Ps. 45:6 – 8). This psalm is undoubtedly a prophecy of Christ, because it is quoted in Hebrews 1:8 – 9, beginning with the words: “About the Son he says . . . ” Thus, we see the Messiah coming with the fragrance of myrrh.

The Magi, visiting Jesus as a child, “presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matt. 2:11). On the cross He was “offered . . . wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it” (Mark 15:23). After His death “Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes” (John 19:39) to embalm Him.

Gold — a gift for our King! Incense — a gift for our High Priest! And myrrh — a precious perfume for our precious Savior upon His death!


Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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