2011-06-17 - Warnings from the Animals
Part 1 ~ Originally Preached 2005-06-08
Let's begin by examining a few related passages of scripture.
The animal kingdom knows of God, it praises God, and it honors God. They are also capable of being a warning to mankind. You can read the story found of Balaam's donkey in Numbers 22:23-33 but it concludes with the angel telling Balaam, "Your donkey saw me and turned from me three times. If she hadn't turned from me, I would have killed you and spared her." That animal quite literally warned its master of something that should be avoided. Let's consider the warnings given symbolically through four different animals today. These are warnings that are very important to us in our daily walk so I hope you will listen carefully and remember these animals and the lessons they provide. To help you remember let me tell you the first three animals using a scene from an old movie.
Just after rescuing the tin man from the evils of rust, Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man follow the yellow brick road into the forest. The woods kept getting thicker and darker as they traveled along. Dorothy says, "I don't like this forest. It's dark and creepy." Scarecrow says, "I'm scared. I think it will get darker before it gets lighter." Dorothy asks, "Do you think we'll meet any wild animals?" Tin Man replies, "We might." Scarecrow nervously asks, "Animals that -- that eat straw?" Tin Man comments, "Some, but mostly lions, ... and tigers, ... and bears." That's when Dorothy nervously asks, "Lions?" and Scarecrow chimes in, "And tigers?" followed even by Tin-man asking, "And bears? " Then so begins them all saying, "Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!"
Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my indeed. I did a search on this phrase and uncovered gobs of sites using this and few had anything to do with Oz. Evidently it's catchy so hopefully it will help you remember the first three warnings.
First there is the lion. Lions are large and powerful. I found out from Animal Planet's website that the average male weighs 416 pounds and stands 48 inches high. The average female weighs in at a much thinner 277 pounds, standing about 44 inches tall. The lion has sharp, retractable claws on each paw and hinge-like jaws containing 2-inch canines. I don't remember what the product is but there's a commercial showing a crew filming a man in lion costume approaching a pride. We know he's going to get ripped to shreds. We know not to mess with lions. 1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: The devil is a lion; other demons might well be in His pride. The devil is to be avoided. Like lions, demons are not to be messed with. This is the first warning by the animal kingdom.
Until next time...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted