“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom,” (Song of Solomon 2:15).
It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. The little foxes are the “Little sins” that some of us refer to as “secret sins, however, these so call secret sins can be detrimental to the Christians’ walk. First of all let me explain, sin is not hidden from God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He does not view our sins as small or large, with God “sin is SIN.” He judges all sin and there are consequences that follow.
The Song of Solomon, Chapter Two, tells of a story of two lovers, and according to the Pulpit Exposition, “This is the vine dresser’s ditty, in accord with Shulamith’s experience as the keeper of a vineyard, aims at her love relation. The vineyards, beautiful with fragrant blossoms, point to her covenant of love, and the foxes, the little foxes, which might destroy those united vineyards, point to all the great and little enemies and adverse circumstances which threaten to gnaw and destroy love in the blossom were it to reach the ripeness of full enjoyment.” – Delitzsch
“The foxes, or little jackals, were very numerous in Palestine (Judg. 15:4; Lam. 5:18; Neh. 4:3). The little jackals were seldom more than fifteen inches high. There would be nothing unsuitable in the address to a maiden to help to catch such small animals. The idea of the song is, Let us all join in taking them. Some think that Shulamith is inviting the king to call his attendants to the work. But when two lovers thus approach one another. However, the words being viewed, the typical meaning can scarcely be missed. The idea of clearing the vineyards of predators well suits the general import of the poem. ‘Let the blossoming love of the soul be without injury and restraint. Let the rising faith and affection be carefully guarded.’ Both individuals and communities do well to think of the little foxes that spoil the vines. They eat only grapes (fruit); not the vine flowers; but they need to be driven out in time before the grape is ripe. She had failed in watchfulness before (S. of Sol. 1:6); now when converted, she is the more jealous of subtle sins.” – James-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
I was in search of a deeper message behind the saying, “It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.” My search started off with a social media post that I wrote three weeks ago. I used the picture that read, “What Does The Fox Say?” as my punch line for my post. But, I put a little spin on the meaning of the phrase. I decided to elaborate on it from a biblical aspect. In my introduction I started with “I don’t know what the fox said, but Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nest; but the Son of man has no where to lay his head,” (Matt. 8:20). (See IG post here)
After posting it on social media, at that time, I was only partially satisfied with what I had written. I felt that there had to be a much deeper meaning behind the message “little foxes that spoil the vine.” But, I didn’t immediately seek to search it out, I placed it on my to do list for the future. But, the Holy Spirit didn’t. The Holy Spirit knows all things, and according to John 14:26, God sent the Holy Spirit to teach all things. He is the Spirit of Truth, and now was the time for the truth of the matter about the “Little Foxes!”
A week ago, on social media, a popular gospel artist posted an invitation for all to call in and join him on an early morning prayer line that he was hosting . The subject was, “Intimacy with God.” Intimacy is something that God requires from His children.” I felt led to share this word with you since you weren’t there! (Continue to Page 2)