A few moons ago, I wrote an article regarding ‘the fox and truth.’ There was one element left out for a more convenient season.
It is now a more convenient season.
Foxes in general, and the fox above in particular, are subject to the wages of man. Take a good look at this animal, frozen solid, suspended in time. The writer of a piece (Mail Online) which is a mate to this picture stated: ‘He (the fox) can’t say much now.’ This is a sad commentary on journalism, as if joking about a fox who was simply trying to survive, but found life’s end in the icy waters of Sweden, is worthy of print.
This photo IS worthy of time and attention, it is more worthy of thought, and it is far more worthy to note the spiritual implications, which are manifold. It is not however a joke. Scripture tells a sober mind: ‘A righteous man regards the life of a beast.’ A farmer does not need to be told not to yoke an ox with a goat. He regards both creatures.
An animal cannot sin, yet the effects of sin are seen clearly; this dead fox is a silent voice of protest towards the sin of man. Truly Paul was spot on when he reminds us ‘the whole creation groans,’ and seeing this innocent and beautiful creature trapped and its life ended this way should make any good person groan in agreement with nature, and natures God.
The fox is a victim, a casualty due to the sin of Adam, in which I as well as you have signed on to. This fox would run from you in a heartbeat, as well would a deer or bear, for God put in them the fear and dread of man stemming from sin, that great distance creator.
‘Where are you?’ said God to Adam in the cool of the day, not because God did not know, but because he wanted Adam to answer where he was in relation to him. He was far away, he knew he was naked, and he knew from his conscience that things were not quite right.
So the animal kingdom would also experience distance from man, as man was distant from God. This was unnatural, for were not the animals named by Adam? Assuredly so, yet thousands of years later, the bird at your feeder who learned to depend on your daily bread, is still wary of you, not knowing he has no reason to fear the hand that feeds him; yet he fears. Thank you sin.
Why would a man joke at the foxes demise and death in such a punishing manner? The fox is utterly majestic when seen in the wilds of nature, and when deer hunting, seeing a fox is a bright spot when one comes home with the deer as the victor. The Lord Jesus called Herod a fox, but this was a compliment to the fox, while Herod would not understand.
A righteous man regardeth the life of the beast. Remember when the Lord told a man to get the colt, AND its mother? The intrinsic worth of the son of God could not be hidden here, for the young one would raise a voice of protest without its mother. Thus the donkeys worth is etched in eternity, for ‘thy king cometh unto thee, sitting upon a foal.’
So yes, that picture of a frozen fox can easily be overlooked, but not by people who are sympathetic to the effects of sin on all creation. See him feverishly struggling, searching for a dry spot? See him writhe in the bitter cold? See him cry out for help and there is none? Now see a cold remark by a reporter who does not see death, but sees a joke…
Falling stars, fire, floods, same thing; the whole creation groans. Am I showing more regard for animals than man? Of course not, but the wages of sin is death, and the fox here is testimony to that loud thunder called the sin of Adam, and Adam’s posterity.
There is nothing on earth that is not tainted by sin, but thank God for a redeemed heart.
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