The King’s Estimation
“You are more than a simple lily,” the Lord says, “in my eyes you are a lily among thorns” (Song 2:2). He sees his own life already growing up in her, with the same features of humility and meekness, while He sees others as still dwelling in the thorny life of earth. The earth-life can produce nothing but thorns, “whose end is to be burned” (Hebrews 6:8). His friend, who is one that is unique above all others, is a lily in their midst.
A lily is a very sweet flower. So much so, some say the strength of its fragrance intoxicate any man. “Thanks be to God, who spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. Because we are to God the aroma of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14-15).
The lily is a very beautiful flower. Jesus said, “Solomon in all his glory wasn’t arrayed like one of these.” Its form is excellent. It has six white leaves, with seven grains inside, and all within the glory of gold. It hangs its head down, because most of the beauty and glory of the lily is hidden within its fruit.
The lily is a very graphic illustration of our maiden clothed with purity and righteousness. She gives off the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Christ in the midst of a cursed earth under the domain of darkness. As a lily among thorns, she stands forth in holiness and purity in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. As a fruitful lily, she will grow and multiply until she becomes fully matured in his wisdom and love.
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