Text: Songs of Solomon 2:15 “Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vine have tender grapes”
The Diocesan started his message by reminding the whole the theme of one day synod which was “Solid Foundation” while theme for the first Synod was “Build the Builders” and for this year, what could cause destruction as the progress of building is on. He furthered his message by saying that a good builder need consider some organic matters which serve as foe to the step of building in as-much he want effective structure and outcome and remove such organism. The topic “Remove the little foxes” is taking from the book song which some normally called songs of Solomon because it was attributed to Solomon. It is full of love poems which some directed by man to a woman and some by woman to a man. This tells the relationship between God and His people.
Foxes are common animals in Palestine in ancient time. They live in hole of the earth (Matt 8:20) it is omnivorous animal and highly destructive. It was used figuratively for such that are deceitful and clever in dealing. The character of the fox was compared with the character of some prophets of Israel that were in the desert (Ezekiel 13:14) and Herod was also likening with “fox among many witnesses; commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”. The man of God pointed out two things from the text. Firstly, that the deposit of truth, the full gospel should be faithfully handle on to righteous men, who will later teach others. Secondly, that God’s truly entruted with the gospel by Paul. He is charged to commit it to those who will in turn pass it on to others. While committing to the gospel we must search for those who are trustworthy and those who has the ability to disseminate the gospel. For in the course of teaching we are also building. For what we are yesteryears produce what our today is. For better future today must be prepared well. The man of God reiterated the abmonition of Paul to Timothy that, Timothy should not handle the gospel with levity and it should not be left in the hands of those who thought of only earthly things – Phil 3:18-19. The man of God also quoted from I Cor. 3:11-13, that whatsoever we are building depends on our ability, intelligent and the reason for which we are need building. The man of God gave us fire reasons why do we need builders. Because we have a future to care for secondly, for Christianity is handed over to us we have to hand over to the next generation.
Thirdly, because nobody is willing to build for us if we refuse to do. Fourthly, there are a lot outside without shelter, we have to make provision for and lastly, someone else has built for us so, we are debtors to others coming behind us.
He also mentioned features expected of a builders
- That they forge ahead building without stopping
- They build everywhere (both difficult and less difficult areas)
- They have good initiatives
- They have the resources
- They are co-labourers in the vineyard
- They are instruments in God’s hand for doing mighty works
The man of God also reference to the three categories of builders like – God Himself, secondly the Bible believing Christian the doer of the word and thirdly the heare alone but not the doers of the word.
Finally, the man of God lay more emphasis on the position of the youth in the church of God, that may be consumers today that soonest they will be in class of production that we should try to sustain within our reach.
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