Summary: There are many things that can enter our lives to distract us from fulfilling the will of God. What are the "little foxes" in your life?
Stopping Those Little Foxes
By Rev. James May
The Book of Song of Solomon contains the greatest love story that’s ever been told. Because of the style of writing and the tendency for people to focus on the fleshly nature of a relationship between a man and a woman in love, you seldom hear many sermons from this book.
But if we put the words of Solomon in the right context it truly reveals the very heart of Jesus and his absolute love for his Bride, the church. Also, it reveals just how much the church must love the Lord. For true love to be fulfilled it must be a two-way street. Both the Bride and Bridegroom must be willing cast aside all else, and focus completely on one another.
A lot of critics have said that the Song of Solomon is too much like a racy novel and should never have been included in the Bible. That’s because they are thinking in the flesh and not in the spirit. This book reveals the absolute purity and depth of God’s love for his church; and in return reveals that godly love in the church for the Lord is just as pure love.
Before you ever get the true meaning of the Song of Solomon, you must read it while looking for the greater spiritual meaning behind what is said.
This morning I want us to look at the Song of Solomon, chapter 2, and we will catch a glimpse of how powerful the Love of God is for you and me. Oh how much God would want us to see how much he cares; and the response that he would desire of us.
We begin with verse 8 and immediately we are shown the picture of a loving Bride who has been awaiting the arrival of the Bridegroom; and now He begins to reveal himself as he comes ever nearer.
Song of Solomon 2:8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
In this verse we can see the excitement in the heart of the church as we realize that the Bridegroom is coming soon. Jesus is getting ready to call his church home and those who are truly a part of the Bride of Christ and who have made themselves ready for this coming, are growing more excited every day.
All anyone has to do is simply listen, listen with your heart and spirit for the voice of the Lord speaking to his Bride as his coming draws ever nearer. Nearly every sermon you hear, every prophetic teaching and every speaker who is in tune with the Spirit are saying the same thing – prepare yourself for his coming!
I think this could be a picture of Jesus coming in the clouds of glory, leaping from Heaven to Earth and rejoicing as he comes to take his Bride away!
Can’t you sense his coming is very near! If you listen closely with your spiritual ears, it’s almost as though you can hear his footsteps. Behold, the Bridegroom Comes! The next sound you might hear will be the Trumpet of the Lord calling his people to join him in the air. The next step you might take will be through the gates of heaven with Jesus!
Song of Solomon 2:9 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.
Why would Solomon refer to Jesus as a “roe, or young hart”? What these refer to is either a deer or a gazelle, both of which are noted for their skills at jumping and swiftness to get from one place to another as they run, skip and jump.
The picture I get is of how Jesus came down from Heaven, and with great love and a sincere desire to make a way that people could once again be reconciled to God to become a part of his Bride, he was born of a virgin. That was a giant leap for the sake of mankind.
It was a leap that Jesus took to take on the form of a human being, to dwell in a body made of the very dust of the earth that he had created as he laid in that manger and then grew up to walk and minister to the lost and dying for 3 ½ years.
Then Jesus took another giant leap from walking the earth to hanging on the cross to pay the price for our sin, and then he took another leap from the cross to the grave and into the depth where souls were held in Paradise to set them free and open the way for them to enter Heaven.