Today I was reading Song of Solomon, and I came across upon –
Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes. – Song of Solomon 2:15
I’m going to take an unusual twist on this verse. We have cats and a new litter of puppies, which gave birth and they are stray, and sometimes they “spoil” the yard and driveway. The Hebrew word here chabal means to in some cases to offend or to destroy or to pervert. Our situation is that these horrendous animals were defacing our property, and we had done everything in our property. Also they made it very difficult to go outside.
Imagine the Shulamite woman who wants to go to meet the shepherd at be with the flock and her beloved, but she has a responsibility to keep the vineyards clean, but her own vineyard she has not kept clean. Why was it – because of the foxes?
I was wondering why God was allowing all these to happen to us, and only us, but apparently I know why – He wanted to at some point make this Scripture a revelation. Foxes can spoil a vineyard by eating or doing some kind of destruction. If you look up the Hebrew word for foxes it means “jackal or burrower” So let’s say you have a lawn, it may be not be garden of the year, but it’s a pretty decent lawn, and some animal, either a dog or cat has defaced the property. So that is what is these brothers felt like.
To backtrack we go to –
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own vineyard I have not kept.
Imagine if your neighbors because they were mad at you and they made you clean up the yards, but in the process your own lawn looked like a mess. This is what the Shulamite woman felt like. She was actually dark because she had been all day cleaning up her “neighbor’s” yards. Now she couldn’t take care of her own.
Here she is the Shulamite woman – all she wants to do is to spend time with Shepherd, and her brothers want her to catch the foxes that spoil the vineyard. When I first this I thought it was the daughters of Jerusalem saying this, but it is actually the brothers.
So in relation sometimes we in a Church setting have to deal with little foxes that cause offense, travail, and destruction, but all we want to do is to be fully committed to Christ.
Sometimes as the Shulamite woman we want to be fully committed to Christ, but we have distractions of this world, or we have all these little problems and issues that get in the way.
Sometimes God gives you a promise and a vision, and a calling, but because of all these misunderstandings, which come from things taking out of context without proper interpretation of cultural and historical context, we end up with little foxes that have tender grapes that must be managed and cared for.
Nobody likes to have these foxes that spoil the vineyard. But what are we to do, keep the Shulamite woman from the Shepherd? I didn’t like to have these dogs and cats spoil my yard, but now I can see why that happens, and I hope someone somewhere can get something from this.