By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The little foxes are alluded to in God's Word; as well as the cunning of the fox. In one place Jesus called King Herod "that fox!" The significance of the title of this message is revealed in a modern day setting.
The Hebrew name for the fox is derived from its digging or tunneling under the ground. The Syrian fox, the only species indigenous to Palestine, is noted as being clever in its habits, destructive to vineyards (Song of Solomon 2:15), being the plunderer of ripe grapes.
Jesus in warning His disciples said: I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16). Jesus knew that after His departure to be with His Father in Heaven, His disciples' commission would be enlarged. They would be facing those He referred to as wolves who were fierce, cruel and hurtful; especially to sheep!
His disciples were to preserve themselves as that of a serpent; who was noted for having a sharp sighted view, towards its own preservation. They were to maintain their innocence; to be harmless as doves, without malice, wrath, not seeking revenge, but meek and humble in their deportment.
Such instructive words could readily be applied to Christianity today (2 Timothy 2:25), particularly in Western nations, who have allowed the infiltration of the world to be seeded into its midst, planting its destructive measures, as the little foxes, to deter godliness.
Noah H. Mack in 1930, spoke of the church drifting into worldliness, in one way or another, because of fostered pride and love of pleasure. He revealed that those who have been responsible for the church have not been watchful enough; allowing the little foxes to creep into the vineyard, who having become so numerous and big, cannot be driven out by ordinary methods, for they well-nigh have possession of the vineyard.
The little foxes narrative readily fits into many categories; even those outside the religious realm. There is little confidence in our political realm as we are seeing a lack of integrity among many. Our mainstream media is attempting to deceive, in order to line up with their own bias view, no longer being unbiased in their reporting with substantiated factual information.
We are seeing many famous using that fame to promote their own political or personal agenda. We see social media, with its patrons, jumping on the bandwagon of acceptance towards ungodly agenda; without examining that which is being presented, as truth.
The little foxes concept brings out that they are deceitful and crafty. In the prophet Ezekiel's day, the Lord condemned the false prophets of Israel who followed their own spirit and were referred to as foxes (Ezekiel 13:3-4).
These false prophets were like workmen who try to cover a severely cracked wall with whitewash (or deception). The Lord said: I will break down the wall that you have plastered with untempered mortar, and will say to you, The wall is no more, neither they that plastered it (Ezekiel 13:14).
We are seeing the crumbling of fame and fortune by many through their own deceitful spirit; pursuing a destiny that has been whitewashed, through a spirit of deception, until its true nature is revealed (Numbers 32:23).
In the Book of Lamentations we find that the mountain of Zion had become desolate; with the foxes walking upon it (Lamentations 5:18). Because of this desolation, or lost of its previous inhabitants, the foxes could readily walk upon it with no restraint.
We are seeing such an avenue in our modern day culture when the Word of God is being ignored; and ungodliness rises because of it. The little foxes are invading such a vineyard of opportunity; with little restrain to hold them back.
The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with God concerning the mountain of Zion, that had become so readily accessible to the fox, and uninhabited by God's people, saying: Turn us to you, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old (Lamentations 5:21). Such is needed in America, and other once godly nations, with the application of another such appeal in God's Word:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith. These verses readily express God's readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people.
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