“A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me.” Song of Solomon 1:13
The Song of Solomon reveals the depth of our communion with Christ. Charles Spurgeon said that one needed to be a mature believer to understand the true meaning and significance of this book. He likened the historical books of the Bible to the outer court of the Temple because they are self explanatory. All of the people could go into the outer court. He likened the Gospels, the Epistles and the Psalms to the inner court of the Temple, where only the Priest could go, because these contain truth that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit. However, he likened the book of the Song of Solomon to the Holy of Holies, the inner most court, where only the High Priest was allowed to enter. Truly, very few Christians ever reach this level of intimacy with their Savior.
There is much truth to be revealed about Christ and His relationship to His Church in this amazing book. In today’s scripture Jesus is revealed as a bundle of myrrh. Myrrh is made from the resin of many different species of small thorny trees. It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine. The use of myrrh is recorded in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical text dating back to 1550 BC. Even today, in modern medicine, myrrh is used in toothpaste and mouthwashes for preventing against gum disease.
Myrrh has great significance in the scriptures. It was used in making the holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:23) and as a perfume (Esther 2:12, Song of Solomon 3:6). It was one of the three gifts presented to Jesus by the Magi for His birth (Matthew 2:11). Myrrh was also given to Jesus by the Roman soldiers at His crucifixion to help Him deal with the pain, but He refused it (Mark 15:23). Lastly, In John 19:39, it says that Nicodemus used myrrh when wrapping Jesus’ body for burial.
The book of the Songs Of Solomon is a very prophetic book detailing the relationship between Christ and His bride, the Church. The term “beloved” is a direct refence to Jesus. He is a bundle of myrrh to His Church.
Jesus is the source for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In Luke 3:16 John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Jesus is the sweet smelling fragrance that we experience when we fellowship with Him through prayer (Revelation 8:3). Jesus is also our healing ointment for all our sicknesses and diseases (1 Peter 2:24).
Confession: Jesus is a bundle of myrrh to me. He paid for all of my sicknesses and diseases on the cross. By His stripes I am healed!