ALL THE ANIMALS IN THE BIBLE FROM A TO Z
Psalm 104: 31-35
“May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. 35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!”
As we close out this fascinating and insightful exploration of creatures found within the pages of scripture, I also wanted to note the creatures of ancient times that were not present. I wonder in a world where clearly cats and chickens were domesticated, why are they not present in our Alphabetical listing? Cats, we know from ancient archeology were domesticated and present in many places, like ancient Egypt, yet no Biblical verse name or even mention them. The same goes for crocodiles and elephants, on the wild animal side. As a cat lover, maybe that can be the source of my Doctorate…
Yet, I think it is important as we’ve noted animals of the ancient times not being written within Holy Scripture for us to remember the unique purpose of our holy text. It is a collection of books written by a specific group of people with a specific purpose, for us as Christians, that unique and authoritative understanding that Christ is Lord. Does mentioning or not mentioning a particular creature lead us in that regard, most likely not. As we’ve seen through this series, majority of animal named are used as metaphors to understand who God is or what it means to be outside, as created people, of God’s presence. The blessings as well as warning. May this exploration have been a deepening of your love and appreciation of God as Creator.
Redeeming Lord, we respond with joyous praise to the beauty, wonder, and uniqueness of your creation. We only see dimly into your kingdom but still know you more in all the of creations you have surrounded us and your people of Biblical times with, thank you for such glimpses. We begin to grasp your deep love for us as we also hear from our Savior in the pages of scripture as well. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us in such understandings, now and always, Amen.