Song of Solomon is about the close love between the bridegroom and the bride. It is a parallel to the love of Jesus for his bride (the church). We must forsake all to have the closeness to Jesus that is described here.
Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
At the temple in Moses’ days, the altar of sacrifice was outside the door of the tabernacle and the altar of prayer was inside (Exodus 40:5-6). Before we can get to the altar of prayer and be in a close relationship with the Lord, we must forsake all on the altar of sacrifice. Nothing can be more important than God and his will, not even our own life.
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
We must repent of the sin (disobedience to God’s commandments and will) in our life and forsake everything we know is wrong if we want to go to heaven. God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Christ, the bridegroom. When we’re saved, we are part of his bride, the church.
Song of Solomon 2:4-6 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.
If we don’t have this intimate relationship where we’re eager to spend time with Jesus, then little foxes have been destroying our vines. Foxes will eat anything, to survive, including roots and vines. If we allow anything to come into our life that keeps us from being close to Christ, it is a little fox. Little foxes will cause us to not study or pray, and we’ll get separated or distracted from Jesus.
Song of Solomon 2:8-10 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 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. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
The bride wouldn’t be content until she found her husband. She earnestly sought him until she found him.
Song of Solomon 3:1-4 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
When she found him, she wouldn’t let him go but she hung onto him and took him to her mother’s house. When Isaac took Rebekah to be married, he took her to his mother’s tent (Genesis 24:67) to be his wife. They were intimate. We won’t be intimately personal with Jesus if we don’t have our life right with God. If we aren’t doing what God has told us to do or haven’t made restitution for our wrongs (an apology or return things we took), our prayers will be hindered. We can’t say no to God and not be hindered. The devil will come to tell you that your way is best, but we need to be obedient to whatever God tells us. It needs to be in our heart to have a close relationship with God. When we first fall in love with someone, we can see nothing wrong in them. We need to keep that relationship, that we can’t find anything wrong, if we want to keep a close relationship.
Song of Solomon 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Impatience is a little fox that tries to come into our life, but love is patient and will suffer long – however long it takes.
I Corinthians 13:4-5 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
If you aren’t being kind, you aren’t suffering long. Love doesn’t vaunt (boast) itself and isn’t puffed up (self-important). Love doesn’t act unseemly (rude, discourteous) which is any behavior God isn’t pleased with. Love isn’t seeking to only please ourselves. Love isn’t easily provoked (overly sensitive feelings, touchy, or quickly angry). If you let your temper fly, you have no control. God wants us to control ourselves. Love doesn’t think evil. When our spouse loves us, we know they don’t have evil intent against us, but the little fox will say our spouse deliberately wants to hurt us.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)