Song of Solomon 5:5

I rose up to open to my beloved,

…. As soon as touched by the hand of mighty grace, she not only resolved to rise, but actually rose,  not being easy to lie any longer on her bed of carnal security; being now made heartily and thoroughly willing to let in her beloved, who she supposed was still at the door; but in that she was mistaken; however she met with a rich experience of his grace and goodness;

and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock;

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when she put her hand upon it to draw it back, and let her beloved in; the myrrh, which he had gathered, Song of Solomon 5:1, and left there when he put in his hand at the hole of the door: the allusion seems to be to lovers shut out, who used to cover the threshold of the door with flowers, and anoint the door posts with sweet smelling ointment: as by the “door” is meant the heart of the church, so by the “lock,” which fastened and kept it shut, unbelief may be designed; and by the “handles” of it lukewarmness and sluggishness, which strengthen unbelief, and keep the heart closer shut against Christ; and by her “hands” and “fingers,” faith in exercise, attended with the fruits of it, attempting to draw back the lock of unbelief; which while the church was trying to do, she met with some fresh experience of the grace of Christ: her “hands [and] fingers dropped with sweet smelling myrrh, passing” or “current”; such as weeps and drops from the tree of itself, and, being liquid, runs upon and overflows the hands and fingers; and being excellent and valuable, is passing or current as money; and the odour of it diffusive, it passes afar off: now this is either to be understood of myrrh brought by the church, a pot of ointment of it to anoint her beloved with, who had been long waiting at her door in the night season, to refresh him with it; or it may signify myrrh brought and left there by Christ; and may express the abundance of grace from him, communicated by him, to draw and allure her to him,  and make the lock of unbelief draw back easier, and so open a way for himself into her heart; and to excite grace in her, her faith and love, and cause her to come forth in exercise on him: and her hands and fingers “dropping” herewith shows that all the grace a believer has is from Christ, now she is up and doing her duty, her hands and fingers are overflowed with it. Myrrh smells sweet but has a bitter taste (confession and repentance)—JK. Moody Stuart sees the myrrh being the unction of the Spirit lusting against the flesh in God’s people.

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