What Does the Fox Say


Many people know the electronic dance song and viral video, “What Does the Fox Say”, that had over 366 million views in 5 months and was the top trending video of 2013. The song was created by two brothers in a Norweigan comedy group, Ylvis. The song’s lyrics discuss the possible sounds  a fox may make such as “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow” or “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding”. The truth is the fox does not have a specific sound known to the majority of the public. The fox on earth really doesn’t have much to say, however, the Bible has plenty to say about foxes. 

A fox is an emblem of slyness, cunning, trickery, and artful mischief. King Solomon warns about foxes in Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch the foxes, the little foxes, before they ruin our vineyard in bloom.” The fact that foxes are even coming to the vineyard means something is going very well. The crops are looking good, or the foxes would not bother coming. It is usually when things are going really well in our life that the foxes sneak it to attempt our ruin. King Solomon says to look out and set traps for the foxes that come to destroy. Foxes can sneak into our marriages, our attitudes, our hearts in the dark of night.  They are opportunistic feeders and are searching for lives to destroy. Foxes find homes in the ruins. 

In Judges 15:4, Samson went out and caught 300 foxes. He then lit their tails on fire and let them run through the fields of the Philistines to burn it up. It is interesting that Samson used shrewd foxes to burn up his enemies fields and vineyards. 

When Jesus came to earth, He also mentioned foxes in Mathew 8:20 “But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay His head.” Jesus was making the point that even a fox has a home (even in the ruins in the desert), but the Son of Man did not. Jesus was trying to teach those that the earth is not our home. We are to live with a focus that goes beyond our time here on earth. 

In Ezekiel, he warns the people that “O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.” (Ezekiel 13:4) Ezekiel was warning of the false prophets who use their cunning and slyness to deceive people of the truth. The prophets, like foxes, enjoyed living among the ruins and that is exactly what they were doing when they were leading people away from God and into the barren deserts of shame and disgrace.

We need to watch out for the foxes that sneak into our vineyards and attempt to steal our joy, send us into a depressive tailspin, lie to us about our worth, and drag us back into the deserts we once left. Foxes are predators. We should set up game cams in the corners of our hearts to watch for these sneaky creatures. What does the fox say? It doesn’t, but the Lord seems to say “RUN”. 


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