The book of the Song of Solomon is a book about courtship and the intimacy of marriage. God is not afraid of these subjects. He invented, marriage, relationships, and sex. We are not being biblical when we act as if these are taboo subjects to discuss. God wants us to know His blueprint and plan in these areas. There is much that can be said about what we find in this short book but let me, for now, focus on one verse found in chapter 2 (v.15)
“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”
In this verse the courtship of the couple in this book is being described. In other words, they are not married yet. They are preparing for marriage. Their relationship is thus being described as a vineyard that is blossoming. There is a problem though. There is a potential danger for this vineyard to be destroyed before if comes into full blossom. The danger is “the little foxes”. What does this mean?
It means that those things that destroy a relationship (by destroy I mean spoil it with impurity) are the little things. . The message is that no committed Christian young girl wakes up one day and decides that she will sleep with her boyfriend tonight. No committed Christian young man decides that tonight he will push the physical envelope too far. It is never so loud as that. It is always subtle. It is always a small thing that leads to that big decision. Maybe a late night with no one else around. Maybe too much time “sharing” each other’s hearts. Maybe just one more step physically. The little foxes must be caught, and they must be killed! And for those of us whom our vine has already matured we must be on the lookout for potential foxes in the lives of those who still have tender grapes!