"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily
among thorns, so is my love among the daughters." SON 2:1-2.
In GEN 3:17-18 we read, "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast
hearkened unto the voice of thy wife [a dangerous thing when she opposes
the Word of God], and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,
saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in
sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and
thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of
The work of regeneration plants a lily in the garden of our hearts, but
we must continually labor to pluck, cultivate, and till to keep those
thorns away. Hatred springs up in our hearts; we want to sit in the
seat of God and judge others' motives, but we must pluck all this out
because it chokes the love of Christ. We must labor to live at peace as
much as possible with all men. We must not live in strife. Strife and
contention are the most destructive things in the world; Christ came as
the Prince of Peace. We are called unto peace. When Abraham separated
from Lot he said, "Brother, let there be no strife among us." It is
much better to part than to live in strife.
When Christ, the Lily of the valleys, is planted in the garden of our
hearts, His love is "As the lily among the thorns." When we appreciate
the love of Christ, we see the sinfulness of sin. We will join forces
to cultivate and pluck out those thorns and thistles by the sweat of our
We must labor constantly to control the thorns and thistles in the
garden of our hearts because sin entered the world, that they do not
smother the lily. We read in GEN 3:18-19, "Thorns also and thistles
shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the
ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return." There is no discharge in that war! We must
struggle as long as we are on the face of this earth. We must labor by
the sweat of our brows to pluck up those thistles that try to choke out
and smother the lily.
Spiritual life is a constant struggle against the thorns and thistles,
which spring up in the garden of our hearts. The Apostle Paul said in
ROM 7:22-25, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But
I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this
death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind
I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." He
saw such beauty in the lily that was planted in his heart. He
constantly strove to pursue every evil thought and smother it before it
got to maturity. That old flesh still has those miserable thorns, but
the lily of the love of Christ has been planted in the soul, which
brings about warfare.
Jesus cautions against the teachings of carnal Christianity, which
teaches that you can let the thorns grow up together with the lily.
That is not much of a doctrine, for it is against all good farming
practices. If you let the thorns grow, you will not harvest a crop.
Jesus said in MAT 7:15-16, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall
know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of
thistles?" Those thorns must be plucked out, and those who teach that
you can allow the thorns and figs to grow together are false prophets.
They are not cultivating the soil that they have been sent to care for.
Those who do not constantly labor against their hearts' sins are
spiritually slothful. It is important that we constantly work to
cultivate out these thorns. We read in PRO 24:30-31, "I went by the
field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of
understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles
had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken
down." He could not find a lily among the thorns; it was choked out.
If we do not constantly labor to cultivate out the thistles and thorns,
our walls will be broken down. There will no longer be anything to stop
Satan and sin and the whole world from flooding into our hearts. It
will all be grown over with bitterness and hatred and all the
contentious spirits of Satan and hell if we are slothful.
How could anyone who has received a faith's view of Jesus, crowned with
the thorns of his or her sin, live any longer therein? When you have
seen your sins placed upon Jesus' head so you may be crowned for eternal
glory, how can you live any longer in sin? The least thought of
allowing a sin to go unnoticed, to not strive to cultivate it out and
cut it down, would rend the heart. The Apostle Paul asked, "O wretched
man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death," ROM
7:24. Jesus was crowned with the sins that we have committed. ROM 2:4
says, "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance?" When we see how the Saviour came to redeem His bride, how
He allowed them to plant the crown of thorns upon His head, those thorns
that were cultivated out of our souls, and how He paid the penalty that
we owed, then how can we continue in sin?
Our Saviour not only shed His blood to deliver His bride from the
penalty of sin, but He will "sanctify and cleanse [her] with the washing
of water by the word, That he might present [her] to himself a glorious
[bride], not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that [she]
should be holy and without blemish." as we read in EPH 5:26-27. The
Lord Jesus came that we might be washed with the water of the Word. Our
whole religion must be based upon the authority of God's Word as we are
conformed to the image of Christ.
As Jesus Christ looks upon His bride to see His own image formed in her,
He sees all her impurities as thorns in comparison. He sees that His
love is planted in the heart of His bride like a lily by the working of
the regeneration of the Spirit.
We become a new creature when the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Lily of
the valleys, is planted in the garden of our hearts. 2CO 5:17 says,
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new." We cannot allow the
thorns to grow with the lily. We must become new creatures, new men.
See the contrast the Lord sees between His "love" and the world that
cherishes sin. His lovely bride, who is "As the lily among thorns,"
must become the light of the world. She must stand out as a beacon upon
a hill so that every person in the world can see her reflect the
character of God.
Source: MOSC Forum