Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is referenced though out the Bible by many names. A study of each reveals specific attributes of his being and character. Today I would like to share a recent study I did on The Lily of the Valley.
The Lily of the valley is such a beautiful little flower that thrives at the edge of creeks and brooks. Today I will use the words pulled from the reference materials in my search. If anyone wishes to do further study of this lovely flower I have added the links below.
In the Language of flowers the Lily of the Valley flower symbolizes purity, sweetness and humility.
Most Bible students agree that the “lily of the valleys” in Song of Solomon 2:1
is a type of Jesus Christ.
Benjamin Keach, in his books on types, gives comparisons between the lily of the valley and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are his points summarized:
A lily is a sweet and a flagrant flower with a strong scent.
Jesus has a sweetness in His ministry especially when He gave “himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Ephesians 5:2).
A lily is white and very beautiful; exceeding all other flowers for whiteness. Within it are seven grains or seeds that are the color of gold.
White is a picture of purity (Revelation 3:4).
The bride of the Lamb will be clothed in white (Revelation 19:8).
What better representation of the purity of Jesus Christ, the one “who knew no sin”(2 Corinthians 5:21), who “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22), who was tempted “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), and who “in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5
A lily is very fruitful. One root may put forth fifty bulbs.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He brings forth much fruit (John 12:24)
It is by bearing much fruit that He glorified the Father (John 15:8)
A lily, according to the ancient writer Pliny, is the tallest of flowers and yet hangs its head down. This is a beautiful picture of the greatness of the Son of God matched only by the greatness of His humility.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).
The lily has many medicinal qualities. According to ancient teaching, it could be used to restore a lost voice, help faintness, was good for the liver, and helped dropsy.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the great physician and is fully capable of curing all diseases and maladies of the soul.
Certainly, the lily of the valleys is a beautiful picture and type of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In recent years I have studied much about the medicinal properties of natural herb and healing and found this part of the research interesting as well, I hope that you will too when you see what is documented on this little plant.
–parts Used medicinally–The whole plant, collected when in flower and dried, and also the root, herb and flowers separately. The inflorescence is said to be the most active part of the herb, and is preferred on that account, being the part usually employed.
Culpepper said of the Lily-of-the-Valley:
‘It without doubt strengthens the brain and renovates a weak memory.
The distilled water dropped into the eyes helps inflammations thereof.
The spirit of the flowers, distilled in wine, restoreth lost speech, helps the palsy, and is exceedingly good in the apoplexy, comforteth the heart and vital spirits.
Medicinal Action and Uses—Lily-of-the-Valley is valued as a cardiac tonic anddiuretic. The action of the drug closely resembles that of Digitalis, though it is less powerful; it is used as a substitute and strongly recommended in valvular heart disease, also in cases of cardiac debility and dropsy.
It slows the disturbed action of a weak, irritable heart, whilst at the same time increasing its power. It is a perfectly safe remedy. No harm has been known to occur from taking it in full and frequent doses, it being preferable in this respect to Digitalis, which is apt to accumulate in the blood with poisonous results.
As I finished the study I concluded this of its medicinal properties of which I find so interesting and so relative to attributes of our Lord.
It has amazing healing powers for our Heart and Mind. I thought of how many references to scripture we have about our hearts and minds and how important it is in a spiritual sense, to keep them healthy.