Friday, May 21, 2010

Foxes in the Hen House

Okay, I know it's Friday and it's been a very long week for everyone.  My inspiration is waning today, so I thought I would do something strange.  I was looking at BibleGateway.com.  You can look up words or passages of scripture.  I looked up the words fox or foxes.  Here is what I got.

Judges 15:4
Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned the foxes tail to tail and put one torch in the middle between two tails.

Judges 15:5 
When he had set fire to the torches, he released the foxes into the standing grain of the Philistines, thus burning up both the shocks and the standing grain, along with the vineyards and groves.

Nehemiah 4:3
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, "Even what they are building-- if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!"

Psalm 63:10
They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;They will be a prey for foxes.

Song of Solomon 2:15
" Catch the foxes for us,The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards,While our vineyards are in blossom."

Lamentations 5:18
Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.

Ezekiel 13:4
"O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.

Matthew 8:20
Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Luke 9:58
And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Luke 13:32
And He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.'

Interesting, huh?  Our preacher did a sermon about getting rid of the foxes.  Well, most of these verses are about how foxes are nuisances.  I think that is kinda funny.  I hope that our family is not a nuisance to anyone, but I am sure we can be at times.  My favorite verses about Samson capturing the foxes and tying their tails together.  Who would have thought to do that?   Foxes are pests.  They come in, bother and tear up gardens and are hard to catch.  They are not quite as plentiful as they use to be, but there are other things taking their place.  Raccoons, skunks, gophers, coyotes. 

There are things in our lives doing the same.  Books, music, drinking, lying, cheating...the list can go on forever.  Once you let them in, it is hard to tame or control them.  Beware.  Make sure you are talking to the Lord everyday about them.  Only he can help you tame them. 

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