Foxes, They Spoil the Vine

“The voice of my beloved! lo, this—he is coming, Leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills”  (Song of Solomon 2:8)

When last had we leapt or jumped or even skipped? Buoyant as a bird or gazelle comes a jumping someone, in our allegorical sense it’s the Christ, resurrected from the dead and demonstrating what His post-grave world looks like. Lo and behold He invites you and me into it.

“Behold, there He stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice” (Song of Solomon 2:9)

From the glory of the resurrected world, our Messiah seeks us who have not yet passed through.

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away” (Song of Solomon 2:10)

We were, before salvation came, dead in trespasses and sins. But now, we hear of His love for us. We wonder as He finds beauty in us.  He calls us to the dynamic of living beyond the walls of natural self-view, pre-salvation thinking, fear and doubt.

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone” (Song of Solomon 2:11)

Friends, we have passed from our soul’s Winter; invasions of cold and ice — thoughts, words, impressions, feelings, small and large.  Darkness, clouds — fill in the blanks. We know what Winter brings. But how far have we dared go out?

“The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance” (Song of Solomon 2:12-13)

  • Look — flowers appear.
  • Listen — doves sound their wakening call.
  • Smell — everything buds and grows — bringing a sweet fragrance.

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away ” (Song of Solomon 2:13b)

The first call was not a mistake, He calls again.

“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” (Song of Solomon 2:14)

This verse talks about letting Him see our expression, hear our voice. Why? Because He desires that we see ourselves as He sees us. Friends, act and speak as the beloved of God. Not as the un-favored, but as the favorite; not as the natural life merely appears, but as the spiritual life actually exists.

Not the outward man but the hidden man of the heart.

“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes” (Song of Solomon 2:16)

Foxes live in a den, built or dug out by another animal. They prey upon less mobile birds and small mammals. In their roaming, foxes will eat carrion, domestic pets, garbage, sometimes vegetables. Scavengers, they are a general nuisance to homeowners. Known for their cunning they rarely let down their guard. Their actions are mostly covert. Some variation of the fox lives wherever the earth stretches. They spoil our fellowship, they inhibit our resurrected faith. They prey on life and anything living; they are the enemies of peace and joy.

We must seize them, recognize them, name them, cast them down. They must be exposed as the wall forming hinderers which keep our lives in the shadows, lacking love and without beauty. His strong and seeking love should hold us in His embrace, above the shadows of self-consciousness, guilts and inhibitions — separated from the past, dead to sin and shame.

Oh yes, ” My beloved is mine, and I am his”  (Song of Solomon 2:16).

He feeds among the lilies, (purity, beauty, perfection.)

Finally, ” Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether” (Song of Solomon 2:16)

Beloved, until the dawn of Finished Work perfections dawn on you, be — yes, be — like a gazelle. Emulate Him, put on Christ, step into the place He has prepared for us in resurrection life. Never go back. Love ya

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