Friday, January 1, 2016

The Rose of Shar'on, the Lily of the valleys


Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom within my heart;
Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart,
That where’er I go my life may shed abroad
Fragrance of the knowledge of the love of God.
-"Jesus, rose of Sharon", Ida A. Guirey 1922
There have been two interpretations as to whether the Rose of Shar'on and the Lily of the valleys signify Christ or His church (Gill's Expositions of the Entire Bible). In either case, I believe that our hearts will be enchanted by the discovery of Christ Jesus in the Song of Solomons and by the marvelous fact that His spirit richly dwells in us and in the body of believers.

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.


from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

Song of Solomon 2:1-7
Believers are beautiful, as clothed in the righteousness of Christ; and fragrant, as adorned with the graces of his Spirit; and they thrive under the refreshing beams of the Sun of righteousness. The lily is a very noble plant in the East; it grows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem. The church is weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her. The wicked, the daughters of this world, who have no love to Christ, are as thorns, worthless and useless, noxious and hurtful.
Corruptions are thorns in the flesh; but the lily now among thorns, shall be transplanted into that paradise where there is no brier or thorn. The world is a barren tree to the soul; but Christ is a fruitful one. And when poor souls are parched with convictions of sin, with the terrors of the law, or the troubles of this world, weary and heavy laden, they may find rest in Christ. It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sit down under it.