I would lead thee, [and] bring, thee into mother's
The general assembly and church of the firstborn is mother to the church visible, to particular churches and believers, where they are born, educated, and brought up; for which they have a great affection, as persons usually have for the place of their nativity and education. And here the church desires to have Christ with her; either to consummate the marriage between them, ( Genesis 24:67 ) ; or to have the knowledge of him spread among her relations, those of her mother's house, who belonged to the election of grace; or to enjoy his presence there, with great delight and pleasure: the act of "leading" thither shows great familiarity with him, great love and respect for him, a hearty welcome to her mother's house; and was treating him becoming his majesty, great personages being led, ( Isaiah 60:11 ) ; all which is done by prayer, in the exercise of faith: and the act of "bringing" denotes on her part the strength of faith in prayer; and on his part great condescension; see ( Song of Solomon 3:4 ) . Her end in all was, as follows, [who] would instruct me;
meaning her mother; the allusion may be to a grave and prudent woman, who, taking her newly married daughter apart, teaches her how to behave towards her husband, that she may have his affections, and live happily with him: the house of God is a school of instruction, where souls are taught the ways of Christ, the doctrines of the Gospel, and the duties of religion; nor are the greatest believers above instruction, and the means of it. Some render the words, "thou shalt", or "thou wouldest teach me" F21; meaning Christ, who teaches as none else can; he teaches by his Spirit, who leads into all truth; by the Scriptures, which are profitable for instruction; by his ministers, called pastors and teachers; and by his ordinances administered in his house; where the church desired the presence of Christ; and might expect instruction from him, being in the way of her duty; and to hear such marriage precepts, as in ( Psalms 45:10 Psalms 45:11 ) . In return, the church promises Christ, I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my
or, "wine of my pomegranate" F23; of which mention is made in Jewish writings F24 and by other authors F25: there was a city in the tribe of Dan, called "Gathrimmon", ( Joshua 21:24 ) ; the winepress of the pomegranate, or where they made pomegranate wine. Spiced wine was much used by the ancients, and in the eastern countries: so Phoenician wine, or wine of Byblis, is said to be odoriferous F26; so the wine of Lebanon, ( Hosea 14:7 ) ; the Babylonians had a wine they called nectar F1: spiced wine was thought less inebriating F2, and therefore the ancients sometimes put into their wine myrrh and calamus, and other spices F3; sometimes it was a mixture of old wine, water, and balsam; and of wine, honey, and pepper F4. Now these sorts of wine being accounted the best and most agreeable, the church proposes to treat Christ with them; by which may be meant the various graces of the Spirit, and the exercise of them in believers; which give Christ pleasure and delight, and are preferred by him to the best wine; see ( Song of Solomon 4:10 ) ( 5:1 ) . With the Hebrew writers, pomegranates are said to be a symbol of concord F5: the pomegranate was a tree of Venus F6.