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Solomons bed what it signifies. Ch.3. lambe of God; as here it is said, Behold his bed. This Temple it is the Temple of

Solomon, of Christ; in him the God-head Col. 2.9. dwelleth bodily.

Secondly, the guard of Angels attenIoh. 1.51. ding it,to prevent the feare of Herods enMat.2-13. mity and others.

Thirdly, the maker of his humanity, verse 9. King Solomon made himselfe a Couch, the word may be translated Coach or Couch : this latter I rather take partly for the Etymologeof Apirion, fol. 38. to be fruitfull as the brides bed is, and partly for agreement with the former word Bed, ver.7.

No earthly father, but Chrift by his owne Spirit made his owne body, and his owne bed in his mothers wombe i

Fourthly,the matter of it,the wood of Lebanon, for theVirgin Marydwele in Nazareth of Galile at the foot of Lebanon.

As Solomons Temple, the type of Christs body, was made of the wood of Lebanon, the Cedar which is free from

corruption ; so was the body of Christ k Plal.16. sound from seeing corruptionk.

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Ch.z. Christs espousals and crowning. 91

First, partly his offices:

1. Priestly, as pillars of silver abiding the fire of Gods wrath, and ver tried in the fire.

Heb.7.26. 2. Propheticall, delivering us a word precious as gold, even as fine gold'.

3. Kingly, whence it is said, ver. 10. The covering of it of purple, the royall ornament of Kings.

Secondly, partly,the affection wherein he undertooke and executed these offices, love of the daughters of Jerusalem,ver.10. All these Fohn declareth m. m Ioh. 3.

Secondly, hee exhorteth and stirreth 29,to the up the faithfull to behold, First, Christ n.

n loh, s. Secondly, oThe ornaments wherewith his 29:— end mother crowned him in the day of his efpousals. The day of his espousals was the day whenGod the Father contracted him with the Church *, whence after hee is * Mat. 3. called the Bridegroome p, and Fohn the 17;

pIoh. 3. Bridegroomes friend the children of the Bride-chamber : And the Church henceforward in this booke is called the Spouse, not before. The crowne wherewith his mother crowned him, is the testimony of Christs sove



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22 Christians condition changeable. Ch.3.

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him 9. 33,34,35, 49.& 31.

First of the estate of the Church under 29.-36.

the Maccabees. First, this doth teach us with what intent wee are to come before God in the publicke assemblies, namely, to seeke Chrift the love of our soules ; nor to shew our fine garments, wantonly to gaze at beauties; not to satisfie the Law or friends, for fashions sake, but to feeke Christ instructing us in temptations : Some come to catch something from Christ to entrap him, &c. but it is our duty to come unto him, as a Spouse to her husband, for seed; so we must come to Christ, that hee may cast the feeds of grace into our soules, that we may bring forth fruit unto him.

Secondly, this lets us see the changeable estate of the Church; shee that re

joyced in the presence and fellowship of * Canta. Christ, and could say , * My beloved is

mine, and I am his, now seekes him every

where, and with much difficulty and an* Verse 1, guish *. And so it is oft with every true

member of the Church, as wee may fee Pfal.119 it was with Davidt: so it is now with 30.6,7,8.

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Ch.3. Christ to be found in his ordinances.

93 our brethren beyond the seas, whom you might have commended a yeare or two agoe, and have found Christ there; but now he is gone, she seekes him but findes him not: See the Church of God fometime enjoyes all the ordinances of God, sometimes none ; so a Christian foule sometimes hath Christs left hand under her head, and his right hand to Cant. 2.6. embrace her, foone after she findes him not so: Wee must not condemne the Church for this; for they that are tenderly beloved of Christ may sometimes feeke him and not finde him.' Thirdly, this may comfort such as use:

23. seeke Christ in all his ordinances : they shall either finde him in them; or, after the use of them, in some unexpected or extraordinary helpe. The Church here that found not Christ in the Temple,nor in the assemblies and recourse of Christian people, nor in conference with the Priests, found him soone after in an unexpected and extraordinary helpe, even Fudas Maccabeus, verse 4: for indeed it was extraordinary for the tribe of Levi to take up the sword and scepter, which indeed belonged to Fudab : so you see



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94 Why Christ fomtimes hides himselfe. Ch.z.

when ordinary meanies faile, God will be found in extraordinary:Whosoever then would finde Christ, and seeke him every where, they shall surely finde him either in his ordinances,or out of them.

Fourthly, this lets us see the affectionate cleaving of such to Christ, as have long fought him and not found him till at last : such lay hold on him, and will not let him goe, verse 4. which is one Reason why Christ' sometimes hides himselfe from us, that wee might seeke him the more diligently, and, having found him, cleave to him more stedfast

and this God lookes for at the hands of his.

Fifthly, this doth exhort Christians that live among bad neighbours to walk the more circumspectly as the daughters of Jerufalem are here charged upon oath to doe,ver.5. being between the Syrians and Egyptians. It is a charge given by the Church to her daughters', to take heed they stirre not up her love, nor awake Chrilt till he please.

Two Reasons are given for it:

First, It may provoke Christ co bring another estate upon the Church


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