Grace and Truth
by Pastor Jack Hyles
(Chapter 15 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book, Grace and Truth)
DO IT WITH JESUS
Song of Solomon 5:1, "1 am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, 0 friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, 0 beloved."
The most important word in the Song of Solomon is '.communion." The entire book is written to tell us of the Saviour's delight in being with us and in the delight we should enjoy in being with Him. He reminds us that He loves to do things with us. He reminds us that He likes to do things for us. We are His delight. When He saw us coming to Himself, with the first gleam of faith, He rejoiced. When we got to Him He called all of His friends and neighbors for a feast of rejoicing. He cannot be happy alone. He will not eat unless we eat. He will not drink unless we drink. He loves to do things for us. We are His own.
He reminds us also that He loves to do things to us. As a mother loves to feed her baby and dress her daughter, as a father loves to teach the son, as a lover loves to stir emotion in the object of his love, as a gardener takes pleasure in the growth of his choice plants, and as a doctor delights in a cure, so does our Saviour delight in doing things to His own.
In this beautiful picture we find at least four things the Saviour likes to do with us. Notice He mentions sharing with us myrrh, honey, milk and spice.
Could not the myrrh represent the bitter of life? Jesus is telling us that He wants to share with us the bitter things of life. He wants to go into the operating room with us. He wants to walk the hall and wait with the anxious loved one. He wants to sit with you at the funeral when the dearest of life is taken. He wants to walk with you to the grave. He wants to help you with your financial burdens and sit by you when the baby is sick. He wants to share the room with you at the rest home. He wants to share the bitter.
He also wants to share honey or the sweet with us. He wants to be included in your graduation plans. He wants you to take time to spend with Him on your wedding day. He wants you to share with Him the engagement, the wedding, the coming of the new baby, the new house, the new car.
He then mentions that He likes to share milk with us. This represents the routine of life. He wants to be with the lady as she washes, cooks and keeps house. He wants to be included in the schedule of the man who works at the steel mill, the factory, the office or the shop. He wants to go to school with the child and share the social activities of the youth. He wants to sit and talk to you. He wants you to include Him as you look at a sunset, go to the store, mow the yard, feed the baby, take a test, get a haircut or take out the garbage.
Then He mentions He wants to share spice with us. This could represent the special parts of life. He wants to walk across the platform on graduation day. He wants to go to the locker room and share the victory with you. He wants to rejoice with you when you receive your discharge from the army. He wants to congratulate you when you are promoted at work or get a raise of pay.
It is wonderful that He loves us. It is more wonderful that He wants to be with us. Life will be more enriching for us if we will do it with Jesus.
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