I am so excited to share this 31-Day endeavor we are about to take together along with the Nester’s 31 Days Writing challenge! For the next 31 days I am going to showcase every animal of the Bible! Is that squeals of happiness from all of you animal lovers out there that I hear???
Now, maybe you are thinking to yourself, there only 26 letters of the alphabet while there are 31 days in the month of October. And, you would be right. Well, it will go like this – today is my intro, which will count as Day 1. Tomorrow, I will give an overview of the animals in the Bible. Then, on Day 3 through Day 28, I will alphabetically highlight the animals in the Bible. I will spend my remaining three days talking about insects, dinosaurs and…end.
Okay, so you are now wondering why I am doing all of this? Well, I like to be helpful and I think when we understand the various subjects in the Bible, we better learn what that particular scripture text is saying.
For example, I struggled a long time to understand
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. John 10:2-6
I could not identify with this verse, even though, being a Christian, I knew I was considered a sheep. But I could never tell if God’s voice was leading me or deceiving me. And I was just as confused as the Pharisees were on this one.
But then, I decided that if Jesus wanted to talk sheep, I needed to learn more about sheep. After completing some online research on sheep, I had an epiphany! Truth is, that all animals that are classified as sheep, do not know their shepherd’s voice—lambs do not know their shepherd’s voice!
So, how do they remain in the fold? Those baby sheep are simply following their mama to get the milk.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2
Also, I learned that they follow the scent of the other sheep of their fold.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:3-5
It’s only over time of spending time with the Shepherd (prayer), while drinking spiritual milk (Scripture), learning from other’s in fold (church), do we learn His voice and commands.
These are perfect illustrations of why God’s Word, His Church, and Prayer are so ever important in the life of a believer. The spiritual milk, which is the Word of God, will help mature us like nothing else. Older women in our church can mentor us in the things of God. And all of those experiences along with spending time in prayer will greatly help us to discern God’s voice.
There is so much we can learn in God’s Word from a better understanding of animals, which are often used in scripture.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10 NIV
Thank you for joining me for the next 30 days as I create the…
A to Z Animal Lovers’ Bible.