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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Spoil.

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.”
(Song of Solomon 2:15, NKJV)

The verse quickly comes to mind upon seeing the word prompt.

The foxes in the vineyards would get in and feed off the grapes, thus ruining the harvest. The vineyard keepers would tie up the branches so the foxes could not reach them, as foxes are animals that feed on what is low to the ground.

In this allegory, the foxes represent threats to relationships. While Solomon was referring to marital relationships needing protection, there are surely other relationships in need of protection as well.

God warned of false prophets who spread lies  in order to mislead others. The words spoken were for self-care purposes, and sparked fear among the people. The words were empty promises which appealed to the people but could not deliver.

Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.” (Ezekiel 13:3-5, NKJV)

May we strengthen ourselves in God’s Word, knowing His promises and living in the assurance of Who He is. May we allow His Word to surround our thoughts and minds like a wall around a fortress.

Little foxes spoil the vines.
Best to fill in the gaps with Scripture,
and keep them from entering.


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