This is a super awesome post I have for you since I am Colabing with an awesome friend and fellow Christian Believer today! Today’s post is about the many animals that God uses in the Bible to help us learn and understand His word. Many things He used animals for, and I believe He still does.
Sawyer suggested we do a Colab and we came up with the idea of doing Biblical animals! Before you read my post make sure to check out her post here: https://creativeskate.wordpress.com/2022/02/28/donkeyantwhale-raven-and-lion-colab-with-corrie-s-p/
Was that great or what?! (*shrinks in embarrassment of not posting on Tuesday like I was supposed to*)
So first off, we each chose some animals and we are going to give a description of times when they were mentioned in The Bible and what happened.
Jesus is the Lamb of God. There are many mentions on this fact:
“The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”John 1:29
“Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together.”Genesis 22:8
“35 Again, the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”John 1:35-36
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the Word of God, and for the testimony of the Lamb which they had.”Revelation 6:9
Lambs were used a lot as burnt offerings and sacrifices to God.
“On the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb without defect a year old for a burnt offering to Yahweh.”Leviticus 23:12
“You shall present with the bread seven lambs without defect a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to Yahweh, with their meal offering and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of a sweet aroma to Yahweh.”Leviticus 23:18
“Samuel took a suckling lamb, and offered it for a whole burnt offering to Yahweh. Samuel cried to Yahweh for Israel, and Yahweh answered him.”1 Samuel 7:9
When Jesus came He became our Lamb of God and took the sins upon Himself as great love towards us!
“She shall give birth to a son. You shall name him Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:21
“Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you.”Matthew 9:2
“And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood”Revelation 1:5
Such an Amazing Gift! The gift of Eternal Life!
Not children. Babies and young goats. They are called kids. Goats are used a lot in the Bible. There is one instance of the Scapegoat.
“Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for Yahweh, and the other lot for the scapegoat.”Leviticus 16:8
“But the goat on which the lot fell for the scapegoat shall be presented alive before Yahweh, to make atonement for him, to send him away as the scapegoat into the wilderness.”Leviticus 16:10
“He who lets the goat go as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.”Leviticus 16:26
In the Old Testament there was the instance of two goats. One goat was offered up to God as a sacrifice and atonement for sins. And one goat was kept alive and on him was placed all the sins of the people and was sent away into the wilderness. The priest who let him go would wash very carefully when he was done so that no sin was left on him when he returned to the camp.
Another instance where goats are used is a metaphor. Sinners and Saved.
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.”Matthew 25:31-33
“34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. 36 I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’ 45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”Matthew 25:34-46
If you have ever worked with animals you know why Jesus used these as an example. Sheep are more docile and calm and follow the Sheppard. Where as goats are crazy, mischievous, and don’t listen to the Sheppard.
Goat’s hair was used in making the Tabernacle! I had never known this before! I just found out while making this post!
“4 Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which Yahweh commanded, saying, 5 ‘Take from among you an offering to Yahweh. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as Yahweh’s offering: gold, silver, bronze, 6 blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, 7 rams’ skins dyed red, sea cow hides, acacia wood, 8 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense, 9 onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate.”
“25 All the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands, and brought that which they had spun: the blue, the purple, the scarlet, and the fine linen. 26 All the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun the goats’ hair.”Exodus 35
“7 “You shall make curtains of goats’ hair for a covering over the tabernacle. You shall make eleven curtains.”Exodus 26:7
“14 He made curtains of goats’ hair for a covering over the tabernacle. He made them eleven curtains.”Exodus 36:14
There are so many instances with fish in the Bible. Many metaphors and mentions. I would like to use two today.
Jonah. In the Bible it say that a giant fish swallowed Jonah. It does not specify whale even though that is what is popularly known. (I just realized that Sawyer also wrote on Jonah.) (😑😅) Well……….If she kills me I will post no more. Let’s say I am elaborating?
“Yahweh prepared a huge fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”Jonah 1:17
“Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly.”Jonah 2:1
“Then Yahweh spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.”Jonah 2:10
Personally I think it was a megalodon😉.
And: The Fish with the Coin in its Mouth. How many of you know what I am talking about? No cheating!🤣
My explanation is taken from Matthew 17!
“When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the didrachma?”
“When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
“Peter said to Him, “From strangers.”
“Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt.”
“But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.””Matthew 17:24-27
A stater coin was about two drachmas. Drachmas were about one whole day’s wages for romans.
This part in the Bible has such a great meaning. Jesus shows that even though He is people’s Savior they still expect Him to pay the tax. He also shows that as Christians we should not cause trouble for something not worth it. Jesus had every right not to pay that tax. But He payed it anyway to show us a better way. And the part with the fish shows that He always has a way for us. When we need something He always provides.
Cows are in the Bible a lot. But there is one mention of two heifers in one of my favorite books of the Bible 1 Samuel.
The Ark of the Covenant had been captured by the Philistines. Because they stole it from the Children of Israel, God was punishing them with diseases, plagues, and death. The 7 lords of the Philistines got together and decided to send the Ark back to the Israelites.
“6 Yahweh’s ark was in the country of the Philistines seven months. 2 The Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with Yahweh’s ark? Show us how we should send it to its place.”
“7 “Now therefore take and prepare yourselves a new cart and two milk cows on which there has come no yoke; and tie the cows to the cart, and bring their calves home from them; 8 and take Yahweh’s ark and lay it on the cart. Put the jewels of gold, which you return him for a trespass offering, in a box by its side; and send it away, that it may go.”
“9 Behold, if it goes up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has done us this great evil; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us. It was a chance that happened to us.”1 Samuel 6
So basically they were leaving the conclusion to chance. They did not really want to believe that God had punished them. They said they would basically take two cows away from their babies and put them to pull the cart. The figured that the cows would head home to their calves and not the other way to Beth Shemesh.
Let’s see what happend.
“10 The men did so, and took two milk cows and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.”
“12 The cows took the straight way by the way to Beth Shemesh. They went along the highway, lowing as they went, and didn’t turn away to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh. 13 The people of Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14 The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there, where there was a great stone. Then they split the wood of the cart and offered up the cows for a burnt offering to Yahweh.”1 Samuel 6
God made the cows go the other way and proved to the Philistines that He was in control. I am a little sad that the people killed the cows as an offering though.
Have you ever heard of the hornet in the Bible? I had not until Papa(my dad) told me.
I will send the hornet before you, which will drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before you.Exodus 23:28
“Moreover Yahweh your God will send the hornet among them, until those who are left, and hide themselves, perish from before you.”Deuteronomy 7:20
“I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; not with your sword, nor with your bow.”Joshua 24:12
Hornets are pretty formidable. And if hordes of them were chasing me I would run.
Locust were one of the worst plagues to ever happen. They were the 8th that God sent upon the Egyptians.
“4 Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, 5 and they shall cover the surface of the earth, so that one won’t be able to see the earth. They shall eat the residue of that which has escaped, which remains to you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows for you out of the field. 6 Your houses shall be filled, and the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day.’” He turned, and went out from Pharaoh.”
“13 Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and Yahweh brought an east wind on the land all that day, and all night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14 The locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt. They were very grievous. Before them there were no such locusts as they, nor will there ever be again. 15 For they covered the surface of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened, and they ate every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. There remained nothing green, either tree or herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”
“19 Yahweh sent an exceedingly strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the borders of Egypt.”Exodus 10
Pretty self explanatory.
Elisha was a prophet of God. He is not to be confused with Elijah. One time he was mocked at by some young people. They sure did regret it.
“23 He went up from there to Bethel. As he was going up by the way, some youths came out of the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldy! Go up, you baldy!” 24 He looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in Yahweh’s name. Then two female bears came out of the woods, and mauled forty-two of those youths.”2Kings 2:23-24
The lesson we should take from this is: Never mock or jeer at God or His people He sends.
The Israelites were a loud complaintive bunch of people. Whenever God did something for them they always wanted something else or better.
He gave them quail to eat a few times.
“13 In the evening, quail came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp.”Exodus 16:13
One time they were complaining of the Manna that God sent them to eat.
“11 The people were complaining in the ears of Yahweh. When Yahweh heard it, His anger burned; and Yahweh’s fire burned among them, and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.”
“4 The mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly; and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now we have lost our appetite. There is nothing at all except this manna to look at.” 7 The manna was like coriander seed, and it looked like bdellium. 8 The people went around, gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it. Its taste was like the taste of fresh oil. 9 When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.”
“18 “Say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, and you will eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of Yahweh, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore Yahweh will give you meat, and you will eat. 19 You will not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils, and it is loathsome to you; because you have rejected Yahweh who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’”
“31 A wind from Yahweh went out and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day’s journey on this side, and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the earth.”Numbers 11
The people’s asking made God angry and they should have stayed faithful and content.
“32 The people rose up all that day, and all of that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails. He who gathered least gathered ten homers; and they spread them all out for themselves around the camp.”
“33 While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, Yahweh’s anger burned against the people, and Yahweh struck the people with a very great plague.”
“34 The name of that place was called Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who lusted.”Numbers 11:32-34
You should not complain to and mess with God.
Woah! That post has flown by fast! The Bible is fascinating! I hope everyone read Sawyer’s post first and if not you had better!
Bye Till Next Post!