The Full Romance In Song Of Songs

I compare you, my love,
To a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.

SoS 1:9

Figures Of Speech To Characterize The Seeker In Various Stages In The Growth Of Life

As we pointed out during the informal training of 1972, the Lord used several figures of speech to characterize His seeker in Song of Songs as she passed through the various stages in the growth of life.

As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

SoS 2:2

A Company Of Horses, A Lily And A Pillar Of Smoke

The first figure He used was of a company of horses (S. S. 1:9). Horses are strong, energetic, full of personality, and seek a definite goal of their own.

Gradually, by the working of love, this seeker was changed from a company of horses to a lily that was fragrant, beautiful, and blossoming (S. S. 2:2). The seeker became a lily without will, emotion, or person.

Eventually, she became a pillar. Although the word pillar denotes something strong, the seeker was likened to a pillar of smoke (S. S. 3:6), not a pillar of marble. She was a pillar of smoke that stood erect and steadfast in the universe; yet she was very flexible.

Who is she who comes up from the wilderness like pillars of smoke

SoS 3:6

Losing Mind, Will And Emotion

I like to see young wives being pillars of smoke saying, “My will is in my husband’s heart, my emotion is in him, and my mind is in his head. I am simply a pillar of smoke.” A pillar of smoke has no person of its own; it has no mind, emotion, and will.

When the husband says to such a wife, “Let us go,” she will instantly obey. On the contrary, if the husband should say, “Let us stay here for eternity,” there will be no problem.

However, the reports that I receive about the young couples are absolutely different from this. If the brother says, “Let us go,” the wife refuses. If the husband says, “Let us stay,” the wife insists on going.

She is still a wild horse from Egypt pulling Pharaoh’s chariot. Such a sister may be seeking the Lord, but she carries Pharaoh. She needs to be unloaded. How? By losing her mind, will, and emotion and becoming a pillar of smoke.

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Romans, message 1 by Witness Lee, Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1989. Source:

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