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None Like Christ.

None Like Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. THOMAS WATERS, LAUDER.

¦• I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my
lova among the daughters. As the appie tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved
unong the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his iruit was sweet to
my taste." — Song ii. 1-1.
BY THE REV. THOMAS WATERS, LAUDER.

¦• I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my
lova among the daughters. As the appie tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved
unong the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his iruit was sweet to
my taste." — Song ii. 1-1.

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OE LIKE CHRIST.BY THE REV. THOMAS WATERS, LAUDER.
¦• I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is mylova among the daughters. As the appie tree among the trees of the wood, so is my belovedunong the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his iruit was sweet tomy taste." — Song ii. 1-1.
Human language, even moulded by inspiration, completely fails to de-scribe the matchless excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, theHoly Spirit, to remedy in some measure this deficiency of language, em-ploys many sweet and striking images to shadow forth the glory and thegrace, the loveliness and the love of him who is the Son of the Highest,and the Saviour of man. In this sacred allegorical song, which morethan the breath of genius inspired, and which Solomon must have writ-ten with a pen dipt in the dews of heaven, and a soul baptized withdivine love* such figures and images abound — some taken from theexercise of pure and conjugal love, some from the simple scenes of pastoral life, some from the objects of nature around us — the plant of rarest value, the flower of loveliest hue, the tree with nourishing fruit,and refreshing shade.In alluring men to the Saviour, the Spirit of God manifests the mostmarvellous wisdom and love. For, first, As the souls of men are by na-ture enmity against Christ, before they can delight in his person, or reston his work, a power divine must be put forth upon them ; but thispower often moves so gently, and with such nice adaptation to the con-dition of man, and is veiled beneath such a variety of attractive figuresand illustrations, that the sinner, while drawn by Almighty grace, is asit were charmed by the beauty of a flow r er, or allured by the fragranceof a rose. "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." And,second, As when man was first created, he was placed in a garden, wherewere trees the most beautiful, and birds of sweetest note on every branch,and flowers that filled all Eden with delightful perfumes ; and while thecurse has in some measure withered and wasted the face of nature, thereremains enough of beauty on many a fair landscape and lovely flower,to shew the glory of man's state, when, amid the beauties of the primevalparadise, he held converse with his God ; and, as in the Bible, our viewsare carried forward to a paradise gained, far more rich and glorious thanthe paradise lost, where the full enjoyment of divine love and blessed-o. 118. — Lect. 13. vol in.158 FREE CHURCH PULPIT.ness is represented by such images as trees whose foliage never fades,
 
and waving palms, and flowers that never wither : — Therefore, as man'sprimeval state of bliss with God in Eden, and man's consummated stateof felicity with God in heaven, are associated and entwined with suchimages and emblems as these, behold the grace, and wisdom, and con-descension of Jesus, in alluring sinners unto him, as he comes to them,with love in his heart and grace on his lips, saying,Verse 1st, " I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys."1. otice, that this song is in the form of a dialogue, the principalparties in which are a bride and bridegroom, or Christ and the be-liever. ow it is Christ, and not the believer, as some think, whospeaks in this verse. For in this song the believer never commendshimself, but Christ. " Let another praise thee, and not thine own lips."Secondly, the connection between these words and the second verse, inwhich Christ, beyond all doubt, is the speaker, seems to intimate thatthey also are spoken by him. And especially, in the third place, the firstverse can be spoken with propriety only by Christ. It is only he whosays, " I am the true vine ;" " I am the bread of life ;" " I am the brightand morning star," who can properly say, "I am the rose of Sharon,and the lily of the valleys." «.2. Attend now to the import of the imagery here employed. (1.) "Iam the rose of Sharon." The land of Cannan, as being the place where" God manifest in the flesh" was to dwell, and as a country of richestfertility and greatest beauty, is styled "'the glory of all lands. 7 ' Inthis land are several plains called Sharon ; one of the finest of which isfifteen miles long, and thirty broad, bounded on the one side by theblue waters of the Levant, and on the other by the hill country of Judea. It is famous for its roses, which are universally admired fortheir rich fragrance and great beauty; as well as much sought after fora delightful perfume, called " the attar of roses." The prophet Isaiah,foretelling the marvellous change which the gospel would produce, says," The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the icse. It shall blossomabundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing ; the glory of Leba-non shall be given unto it, the excellency of Canned and Sharon."Hence, as shadowing forth his glory, Christ says, " 1 am the rose of Sharon." (2.) " The lily of the valleys." The " valleys" seems to bea common name given in the Bible to open fertile plains in the HolyLand. In all probability there were places called "the valleys" nearSharon ; for we read, " And over the herds that fed in Sharon, wasShitrai the Sharonite ; and over the herds that were in the valleys, wasShaphat the son of Adlai." ow these rich pastures were full of rosesand lilies of the finest kind. The lily was much esteemed among theJews ; and was employed to ornament almost every part of the temple
 
REV. THOMAS WATERS. 159and its furniture. "He made a molten sea, and the brim thereof waswrought like the brim of a cup, with, flowers of lilies."The most magnificent flower of this kind was of a snowy whiteness,of lofty stature, and of a very delicate and elegant form. They musthave been of surpassing beauty, of which Christ, pointing no doubt tosome near him, said, " Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like oneof these. ' Speaking of this lily, an eye-witr.ess says, "The flowerwas sweet scented, and its smell, though much more powerful, resembledthat of the lily of the valley. This superb plant excited the admirationof the whole party ; and it brought immediately to my recollection thebeautiful comparison used on a particular occasion by our Saviour :" Yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed likeone of these." The beauty and rich expressiveness of these emblems,will appear still more palpable as we proceed to — 3. Trace some points of resemblance between them and Christ.And while we dwell on this, may the Holy Ghost, as a Spirit of wisdomand revelation in the knowledge of Christ, take of the things of Christ,and shew them unto us, so that we may see their beauty, taste theirsweetness, and feel their power !(1.) The rose and the lily have a fragrant smell. How pleasant theodours that are exhaled from these flowers, in the "incense breathingmorn," when, bathed in dew, their sweet scents float around us, and fillthe air ! How regaling to the senses — how refreshing to the body !But Jesus transcends them all in the sweet fragrance that breathesaround him, and refreshes and delights the soul." Is he a Rose ? ot Sharon yieldsSuch fragrancy in all her fields,Or if the Lily he assumeThe valleys bless the rich perfume."Everything about Christ is fragrant, and has a delightful odour to hispeople. " Unto you therefore which believe he is precious." His nameis fragrant ; it is " as ointment poured forth." His words are fragrant ;"his lips like lilies drop sweet smelling myrrh." Those words arespirit and life ; yea, " the savour of life unto life." It is the greatbusiness of the Christian minister to draw souls to Jesus, by " makingmanifest the savour of his knowledge in every place." His garments arefragrant ; " they smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia :" — his ordinancesare fragrant ; they are " beds of spices :" — his house is fragrant ; it is" the mountain of myrrh, and the hill of frankincense :" — his people are

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