Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Little Foxes

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

A little background might be helpful.

When the grape vines are first in blossom….all the grapes are in that flowering blossom, in miniature.

They will grow and become grapes….small and green….then larger and ripe.

Large foxes will not be interested in the blossoms….they are not enough for them…they will wait till that blossom becomes fruit….then try and wiggle in and eat the grapes. (Though you can erect fences that will keep out most large foxes)

Though this is bad for the end harvest, yet there will be grapes they do not eat. It will not be as it should be, but there will be grapes enough to pick.

But little foxes,….those spring foxes….squeeze in the smallest holes, and eat the blossoms…..and when they do, the whole cluster, that could have made grapes….is destroyed.

These little foxes are little things which discourage, or annoy, or little troubles, or little sins, or little resentments…..

……things which seem not big enough to take to the Lord…..things we think we can “handle” ourselves.

This is wrong. For these “little” things can destroy our fruitfulness.

We are to bring forth the fruits of love, joy and peace….(Galatians 5:22-23)

First, peace is disturbed….joy vanishes,….and our love is often overshadowed…when theses things happen…

….and we often do not do anything about it….they are such “little” things.

(You see, we often think God wants us to do things for Him,…..and obedience is required of all God’s servants)..

But what the Lord wants from us is “abiding”…..a personal relationship with Him….

…..and to bear the fruit of that relationship….”abiding in My love;….My joy might remain in you….love one another.”

(These are the blossom and fruit of every Christian….they are both seen and the fragrance of our relationship is spread abroad to others.)

John 15:8-12 “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.

As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you,: continue ye in My love.

If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

(Notice the words….”continue”, “abide”, “remain”….these are words that are express our willing with the Lord…

…following Him…

…and talking to Him…

…and helping one another…

…again that personal relationship with Him.)

Big problems often come….but we know what to do with them: we are to come to Christ…and deal with them, with Him.

“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

But small irritations of life….small sins of omission or forgetting our duty to love one another…small hurts……these we should see as very dangerous.

As one preacher used to say: “A small hole will sink a boat, as well as a large hole”

What will we do with our “little foxes”?

“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines.” It is “us”…..Christ Jesus and me,….Christ Jesus and you.

Take them together….and deal with them together. He will not do it alone, and you can not do it alone.

It is “Take us”….will we?

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