Devotional: ‘Catch the Foxes Before They Ruin Our Love’

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Perhaps the least studied book in all the Bible is the Song of Solomon. One reason it is often avoided is because at times Solomon gets a little graphic in his description of love. Another reason for its neglect is its allegorical nature. There is great debate as to whether Solomon was depicting a love relationship between a man and a woman, or whether it is a picture of the love between Christ and the church. Personally I believe that it is both. Consider this portion of this wonderful love story.

Song of Solomon 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. 2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. 3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. 6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. 8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. 10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Here the Shulamite woman is singing her love song to her beloved. She longs for the day when her king will come and carry her away to their wedding. So the church longs for the day of Christ’s return when He will rapture us to heaven. But then she says something that is somewhat quaint, yet very important:

Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

One translation says – “Quick! Catch all the little foxes before they ruin the vineyard of our love, for the grapevines are all in blossom.” She is fearful that something might come and disrupt their wonderful relationship.

Christ’s love for the church will never diminish, yet scripture warns us that our love for Him can grow cold. We read from the book of Revelation: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Rev 2:4) Most of us would never dream of losing our love for Christ, yet as we see in this passage – ‘the little foxes can sometimes spoil the vine.’ Join me this week as we continue to study about the danger of these little foxes.

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