In the Gospel of Luke 13: 35 ” Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, you shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is he that come in the name of the Lord.“; Christ, in calling Herod a ” Fox ” gave him his true character.For our govern, let us find the Biblical definition & meaning of a fox.
In Hebrew, Shu’al, a name derived from its digging or burrowing under ground. The proverbial cunning of the fox is alluded to the Book of Ezekiel 13: 4 ” O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among the ruins. “, and in Luke 13: 32, where our Lord calls Herod ” that fox “. In Judges 15: 4-5, the reference is in all probability to the ” Jackal “. The reasons for preferring the rendering jackal are:
- that it is more easily caught than the fox;
- that the fox is shy and suspicious and flies mankind, while jackal does not;
- and that foxes are difficult, jackals comparatively easy, to treat in the way here described. Jackals hunt in large numbers, and are still very numerous in Southern Palestine.
The greatest of men were accountable to God, therefore it became him to call this proud King by his own name, but it is not an example for us. I know, said our Lord, that I must die shortly, when I die, I shall be perfected, I shall have completed my undertaking. It is good for us to look upon the time we have before us as but like, that we may thereby be quickened to do the work of the day in its day. The wickedness of persons and places which more than others profess religion and relation to God, especially displeases and grieves the Lord Jesus. The judgment of the great day will convince unbelievers. But let us learn thankfully to welcome, and to profit by all who come in the name of the Lord ( all the baptized ), to call us to partake of His great Salvation.