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Lessons from Animals in the Bible

There are many animals mentioned in the Bible. One very important lesson the Lord teaches us: Be prudent as serpents and innocent as doves. Now when you overly accentuate innocence in your life, you are bound to become naive. And when you become too prudent, then you are bound to become sly and unloving. The Lord implies that the two must be held in balance. Also let us be aware that the Lord here refers to animal virtues that were originally put in them when they were made.

"And God brought the animals to Adam to see what he would call them."

"Be prudent as serpents...

"...and be innocent as doves."

Literal or physical aspect

Intellectual aspect

Emotional aspect

Spiritual aspect

"God does not take delight in the legs of a man or of a horse."

"Now the serpent was more prudent than any animal."

"We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

"Those who trust in the Lord, will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles." (Is. 40.31)

The wolf in sheep's clothes

The straying sheep

The poisonous snake

The grey mouse

The ravenous snake

The lame duck

Semiaquatic newt/ Salted snail

As far as the downwards spiraling vicious circle on the right is concerned; if one becomes too innocent, one becomes naive. Hence the straying sheep. Going on from there, one can become debilitated, the lame duck and even destroyed, the salted snail. Obviously this worsening state of affairs takes the innocent dove as the starting point. But the slaughtered sheep in increasing states of sacrifice can be seen in them as well. As far as the strong eagle is concerned; if an eagle would overly exercise itself, it would also become a lame duck. In Dutch they say People that run too fast, run themselves into destruction.

On the left, if one becomes too prudent, one becomes destructive, the wolf in sheep's clothes. Sly foxes are like that as well. Christ called king Herod a fox.

The sheep is the only animal that silently sheds a tear when it is slaughtered. A pig screams and a chicken makes one last fluttering effort.

Lions are fierce and undaunted. The heroes of king David were said to look like lions and the Lord is called the lion from the tribe of Judah.

The strongest muscles are in the legs and therefore they are also a reason of independent pride. But we must learn to trust the Lord in all humility. Therefore it says that God does not take delight in the legs of a man, or of a horse.



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