2012-01-17 - Passages about God's
With the rare Winter visit of our Hummingbird, God's creatures have been
on the minds of our family of late - even more than usual. So in this devotional,
we'll see some of what the Bible has to say about animals - what we can learn
from them, as well as how we are to care for them. Unless otherwise noted,
all passages are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man cares about his animal's
health, but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.
Exo 23:5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you
lying helpless under its load, and you want to refrain from helping it, you
must help with it.
Matthew 10:29 (NASB) Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?
And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
God sometimes uses his animal kingdom to teach us.
Go to the ant, you slacker!
Observe its ways and become wise.
Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
it prepares its provisions in summer;
it gathers its food during harvest.
How long will you stay in bed, you slacker
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
and your poverty will come like a robber,
your need, like a bandit.
Prob 30:24-31 (The Message)
There are four small creatures,
wisest of the wise they are?
ants frail as they are,
get plenty of food in for the winter;
marmots vulnerable as they are,
manage to arrange for rock-solid homes;
locusts leaderless insects,
yet they strip the field like an army regiment;
lizards easy enough to catch,
but they sneak past vigilant palace guards.
There are three solemn dignitaries,
four that are impressive in their bearing:
a lion, king of the beasts, deferring to none;
a rooster, proud and strutting;
a billy goat;
a head of state in stately procession.
And looking to the future, just as no animals were eaten until after man
sinned (Per Genesis, originally there was no bloodshed, and we were only
given "green" things to eat.) - though there is more going on here than the
literal words - it's obvious that Heaven will also be a place of safety
and peace for animals.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together,
and a child will lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze,
their young ones will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
An infant will play beside the cobra's pit,
and a toddler will put his hand into a snake's den.
None will harm or destroy another
on My entire holy mountain,
for the land will be as full
of the knowledge of the LORD
as the sea is filled with water.