“A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts.”
Song of Songs 1:13
The Good Medicine
Myrrh comes from a shrub or tree that oozes fragrant resin. It is a gum-resin extracted from many small, thorny tree species. Myrrh gums are formed when a wound on a tree penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, and myrrh resin is harvested by repeatedly wounding the trees to bleed the gum. It is a valuable medicine often used in ancient civilization countries. For example, Hebrews made myrrh resin into various fragrances, antiseptics, and pain relievers. Myrrh was the favorite spice used by women then, and it was usually put in a pouch, tied around the neck, and carried around. In the Old Testament, it was often made into an ointment and applied to wounds to promote healing.
By His Wounds
A good doctor would make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the best medicine and treatment plan possible for the patient. But no doctor would call himself good medicine. But Jesus, the Master Healer, not only came to search for the sick, but He is also that bundle of myrrh Himself, who was whipped, pierced, wounded, crushed, and killed. And finally, its resin becomes that priceless medicine for healing many broken hearts and lost souls. “By His wounds, we are healed” (Isiah 53:5)
By His Power and Grace
As I shared in yesterday’s devotional, healing requires patience because it does not always happen instantly. Sometimes we might have to carry our illness for a long time or even a lifetime, just like how the Lord allows the thorn in Paul’s flash to stay, but He said
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.2 Corinthians 12:9
Myrrh is a valuable medicine because it has a unique fragrance and healing ingredient. Likewise, the power of healing and resurrection is also in our beloved, Jesus, and Him alone. His power of healing is in us, no matter whether we are experiencing instant recovery or having to endure a lifelong “chronic illness.”
Nevertheless, His grace is sufficient, and He is my bundle of myrrh.