“My head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” – Solomon’s Song v, 2.
“The simplicity, beauty and sublimity of the imaginary of the “Book of God,” is not and cannot be surpassed or equaled by any mere man. – The above quotation is a fine specimen.
Our great Redeemer here exhibits his bowels of compassion for the impenitent sinner. Dew falls in the night, and when the dew is dropping like a mist around him, the Savior is standing and knocking at the heedless and rebellious sinner’s heart for admittance, and sues for an interview in such earnestness, and with such melting tones methinks it would melt the stoutest spirit, and most obstinate opposition of man into the sweetness of contrition and the holy “joy of grief,” for goodness so great. And will you not be entreated in this matter, O sinner!
How irresistible is the inference that must be drawn from the above. Yes, how awful must be the doom of those who resist and fight against such love as this. “Vengeance is mine and I will repay saith the Lord.” – Z.
Thus “Z,” would represent the Immutable Jesus, whom Saints and Angels worship, and who is set forth in the Scriptures of truth as, “The same yesterday, to day, and forever,” as being so changeable as to love an impenitent sinner at one time, and afterwards as consigning the same character to suffer his vengeance eternally.
2d. He represents our Lord as calling the polluted, defiled, hardened, and impenitent sinner, His love, His dove, and His undefiled.
3d. He represents Christ in the attitude of an humble suppliant, bending before the mighty sinner and with earnestness, and in melting tones suing for an interview.
4th. He represents this lovely undefiled, sin-hardened, and Hell-deserving sinner, (as he would make him to be) to be by far more powerful than the Omnipotent God.
For while Jesus sues, entreats, and with earnestness tries to gain access to his heart, he has power to keep him out, until the unchangeable Jesus ceases to love, and changes his mind, and determines to abandon his kind intentions, which were to have saved the wretch, and now concludes to doom the same undefiled sinner, to suffer the vengeance of eternal fire!
Query – If our Lord has thus earnest tried to save the sinner, and thus failed because the sinner would not consent. What reason have we to think that the sinner will finally consent to be damned? And upon this view of the subject, our Lord may be again, as greatly disappointed in regard to the exercise of his vengeance, as much as he has been in regard to the exercise of his mercy and grace.
To such an awful dilemma are those driven who advocate the doctrines of the popular religionist of the present age.
The text in question is an expression from the language of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Church – the love of God dwells richly in her. Hence she calls Christ her beloved, “I sleep” not I make effort, or use of means – but she says, “I sleep, but my heart waketh,” – but what has broken my repose? She answers, “It is the voice of my beloved that knocketh – saying, Hark! what does he say? Open to me my Sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled, for my head is filled with the dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.”
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Signs of the Times
Volume 2, No. 12
June 4, 1834