Commentary on the Song of Solomon, George Burrowes, hard cover

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Dr. D. M. Lloyd-Jones wrote in a preface to a 1958 reissue: ''It has everything that should characterize a good commentary — learning, scholarship, accuracy and carefulness, but, above all, and more important than all else, true spiritual insight and understanding''
This little book of the Bible has been much maligned by the ''higher'' critics, and many since, as no more than a love song between Solomon and one of his loves. This impugns the wisdom of the Spirit of God who in this work bore along the author so that it should contain the words formulated in eternity, and no others (2 Peter 1:21).
J. Hudson Taylor, the famed missionary, expounded it in his book, ''Union and Communion.'' He and Burrowes, as well as John Gill, has recognized it as a most exquisite exposition of the relationship between the believer and the Lord Jesus Christ, such as is found nowhere else in the Holy Scriptures.
Clearly, seen in this correct view, every Christian needs help in order to be able to enter into this rich enjoyment.
Burrowes summarizes the book in three parts:
I. The way the soul longing for the manifestation of the love of Christ isled along in the gratification of that holy desire. The delights contained in 2:1-3, and 6 allows the reader to enjoy the pleasures mentioned as the greatest possible on earth.
II. In 2:8 and 7:8, the motives by which the Lord Jesus would allure such soul away from he resent world give a glimpse of what it will be like when one is with Him in glory. Here we see our redemption, also our discipline. Also can be seen our sluggishness into which we are liable to fall. This is counteracted by our faith being fully matured.
III. There is a powerful effect produced on the heart of the saint by these manifestations of love, including (1 Assurance of hope; (2) desire to be much alone in communion with Christ; (3) Our willingness to engage in labors of holiness and love; (4) our consecration to Him of our best and most valued gifts and possessions; (5) The desire to guard against every thing hindering the full interchange of affection between Jesus and our soul may be removed.
Of Chapter 2:1-3 Burrowes writes: '' Here the spouse sets forth, by beautiful comparisons, the character of herself and of the beloved, for putting before us the contrast between her humility and loveliness, and His majesty and beauty. We are
reminded that, as His people, our character must be the opposite of what it was by nature.'' We must be as pure as the lily among thorns.
Seeing these as the characteristics of Jesus and of the redeemed soul, the coming of such soul into fellowship with Him, must yield a great pleasure.'' ''when we come under the shadow of Christ we have great delight and find food for
the hungering heart.
''When He does not find us meeting Him at the appointed place, He graciously comes to seek us, even in our sloth, and seeks to allure us away with the most endearing affecting words, ''Open to Me, etc. (p. 53)
The word ''Beloved'' is never applied to the spouse. The Hebrew word is one used of an intimate friend, one cherished. He so delights in the spouse as to say ''Sweet is thy voice,'' and that His love is better than wine. Our Lord will take us to His bosom. He shall gather the lambs with His arm and carry them in His bosom. Every saint shall be treated with great affection, as was seen by the beloved disciple leaning on Jesus’ bosom at the first sacramental supper.
The reader must be prepared to lay aside the fleshly thoughts that hinder the enjoyment of these delights, both those possible on earth, ad especially those that will be enjoyed in Heaven.

Dr. Burrowes was born April 3, 1811, at Millham, near Trenton, New Jersey.  He began his classical education at a school in Trenton, April, 1824, and was for a time a teacher at Allentown, New Jersey.  In November, 1830, he entered Princeton College and graduated therefrom in September, 1832.  He took the first honors of his class and delivered the Latin salutatory at the Commencement, and had also assigned to him an honorary speech in English on “The Importance of Mathematics in a College Course.”

In November following he began his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated in 1835.  He united with the Presbyterian Church at Trenton, N.J., in April, 1827; was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, February, 1835, and was ordained and installed pastor at West Nottingham, Md., July, 1836.  He preached here from 1835 till1850, and then went to Easton, Pa., as Professor of Latin and Greek in Lafayette College, which position he held for five years.  He was pastor at Newtown, Pa., from April, 1857, to June, 1859.

Having been selected by the Board of Education of the Old School branch of the Presbyterian Church to engage in educational work in California, he left New York, July 5, 1859, and came by way of Panama to San Francisco, where he arrived July 28th.
one of the founders of the San Francisco Theological Seminary is the name of Rev. Dr. George Burrowes.

He began his services as Professor of the Hebrew Language and Literature with the first term of the Seminary, and for almost a quarter of a century he continued his remarkable expositions of Scripture and in the manifestation of a beautiful Christina life.
Dr. Burrowes was elected to the chair of Hebrew Language and Literature in the San Francisco Theological Seminary December 4, 1871, and for about one year and a half filled the Professorship in connection with his work in the College.
Dr. Burrowes was remarkable both as a scholar and teacher.  He took the first honors of his class at Princeton, and was a tutor in the College there while pursuing his theological studies in the Seminary.  He was for five years a Professor in Lafayette College, and also its Vice-President.  He founded and built up a noble collegiate institution in San Francisco, and aided in founding and firmly establishing the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which is now so well equipped for its work.

He was a fine linguist, read the classics like his mother tongue almost, and was an exceedingly apt teacher.  His expositions of the Scriptures were remarkable.  He always began his recitations with prayer, and ever strove to lead his pupils closer to the Savior and to have them filled with the Holy Spirit.  His students loved him dearly, and when they would go to visit him after being out in the work it was his custom always to pray with them at parting, and place his hand upon their heads and give them a fatherly blessing.

He was a fine preacher also.  He stuck close to the Gospel and presented the truth so as to interest and instruct both old and young.  The degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by Washington College, Penn., in 1853.

He was a master of good English, wrote many articles for magazines and papers, and was the author of “A Commentary on the Song of Solomon,” “Octorata and Other Poems” and “Advanced Growth in Grace.”  His commentary on the Song has been pronounced the best ever written.

He was a Christian of deep and humble piety, and had at various times all through his mature life remarkable religious experiences.  He attributed them to the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit.  456 pages, blue hard cover

 

 

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