by L.C. “Elsee” Redman
June 19, 2015, updated October 5, 2015, January 21, 2017, February 3, 2018
God* has a history of saving species:
Not everyone has heard of the amazing findings of Ron Wyatt. The first of his many discoveries was of the vessel, Noah’s Ark. (http://www.ronwyatt.com, and YouTube – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sxtP3kAd6w&t=1839s) “Ron Wyatt Amazing Discoveries Full”/ There is geological evidence of world-wide floods in the earth’s history. And the Sumerian records tell in cuneiform writing on hardened clay tablets of a similar ark story. Ark means “box.” The goal with the flood was to get eliminate many people who were completely off-track in their moral behavior and their desire ability to follow God who communicates through quiet listeners, and seeks to guide humans towards civil and sustainable culture.
God has current guidance for saving humans and many species:
A day before Earth Day, 2015, when a gifted listener of God was asked what the ecological priority for the earth was, there was a weighted reply: Stop the destruction of the South American Forests was the answer. “God is sad. The species are sad and they are saying don’t kill every last one of us, not every last one of us!” the listener felt great heavy sadness and shed a tear. “They are burning it down from all sides. They will get to the middle and there won’t be anything left, and they will say ‘What have we done?’ but then it will be too late.”
God has a history of guiding first the Jews, then everyone who will listen, towards civil, sustainable culture:
It is possible for people who love animals to read some of the early books in the Holy Bible (the first 5 books are the same as the Jewish scripture, the Torah) and be appalled by the early guidance to sacrificing animals. It appears to me that over the past several thousand years, God has helped first the Jews, then any humans who would listen, towards civility, protection & survival.
OK, There is a case that God favors humans as a unique species… but why?
It is my understanding, also from a listener of God, and also in response to the Earth Day 2015 question of “what is the ecological priority for the planet?” — I was brought to a YouTube video on pole shift. This is not a normal pole shift. With this one our magnetic core has cooled enough so that we are losing our magnetic shield!! …Then I learned that we have more like 500 years rather than 20; so the South American rainforest was still the priority. To save species but also to save the correct oxygen in our atmosphere that most life depends on!
Because of this era, it looks like to me that humans may have been created to be an intergalactic species — maybe there needs to be more kind-hearted, peace-oriented, God-aligned species in the universe! So humans may indeed be a unique and valued species for a unique function that other species aren’t capable of.
Understand the historical context of God’s guidance to sacrifice animals:
Animal husbandry allowed the Jews to be a mobile culture. They were able to move under the guidance of Abraham who was listening to God with bringing their tents and animals . The Jews were shepherds in ancient times before they ended up in Egypt. It is my understanding that they were supplying Egypt with animals. Thus, animals were a key form of protein and sustenance. When there was a drought, they were able to relocate to Egypt, bringing their animals with them. Thus, animal husbandry at that place and time, helped their race survive. Being in the pastures out in nature helped them become quiet listeners of God. After Moses left Egypt and before he led the followers of God out of Egypt, he spent 40 years in the desert tending animals – a quiet, simple time. He was also good-hearted and of good character. This is the kind of person who could hear and even come to see God and to relay guidance from God to God’s “followers.” (Some were very reluctant followers.)
Some people object to studying the Bible because of the animal sacrifices that God called for in ancient times. Consider the Bible as a documentation of history. In very ancient times, when agriculture was not well-established, God requests animals to be sacrificed and shared with the temple priests. The temple priests did not have other jobs and needed to be well-fed; eating animals was a key form of sustenance for humans several thousand years ago. The human brain and body needs a fair amount of protein.
In the time of Moses it appeared God relayed many laws to lead people towards a civil society at that time. Several hundred years before Jesus (whose Hebrew name was Yeshua bar Joseph) appeared on the scene, the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 1) relayed the message from God that God would rather have obedience than the sacrifice of animals.
I understand that God is sad about, but condones the sacrifice of some animals to help save human lives in the field of research:
So God is sad, but sees the bigger picture. God would not be okay with any heartless torture of animals.
God’s guideline to love our neighbor as ourselves, could include all species:
It is my understanding that we should not get confused by the some of the extra rules that may have been made by the priests in the book of Leviticus. It is my understanding that Jesus clarified and simplified all the previous rules by saying: Love God, and Love your neighbor as yourself. It seems to me that we can include all species as they are also our neighbors.
“Way-yir-du” can mean “be wise, heart-oriented managers of the earth’s living beings:”
Also, if we look at the first book of Genesis, verses 26-28 in the https://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/1.htm (read it from right to left)- note the Hebrew word that is translated as “have dominion over” also translated as “shall rule over” (http://biblehub.com/hebrew/vaiyirdu_7287.htm). This term, “vaiyirdu,” pronounced “way-yir-du,” can mean, in my opinion, “be wise stewards of.” Thus this passage can mean humans can be wise stewards of– wise managers–the creatures of the earth.
The phrase “subdue” (http://biblehub.com/hebrew/vechivshuha_3533.htm) pronounced “weh-kib-su-ha” only occurs once in the bible. It could in my opinion be referring to humans being bound to the earthly realm, under the influence of gravity — not that humans are to subdue, bind, conquer all the creatures of the earth!
God speaks of the unique qualities of animals all around the planet and perhaps in the universe:
In the book of Job, 38, (New International Version) begins: Job and his friends have been having a long conversation – the previous 37 long chapters- wondering why Job has these painful boils when he says he has been following God’s guidance. Why did it take so long for God to show up? His answer relates to how he was busy overseeing many animals around the world.
He speaks to Job “out of the storm” saying, “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” …38:38 (http://biblehub.com/interlinear/job/38) – Read Hebrew to English, backwards. “When the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together, Do you hunt the prey for the lion and satisfy the hunger of the young lions?”…http://biblehub.com/niv/job.38 verse 40 : “Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?” and in http://biblehub.com/niv/job.39 verse 1, “Do you watch while the doe bears her fawn? ”
In the 4 Chapter book of Jonah,** God indicates caring for the animals:
In the bible’s short book of Jonah, Jonah questions God’s mercy from wiping out the residents of Nineveh–a city where the king had everyone worshiping a fish god. God shows concern for the animals as well as showing compassion for people who are just ignorant: (http://biblehub.com/niv/jonah.4). In verse 11 God tells Jonah: “should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left — and also many animals?”
God used animals to illustrate an answer to Abraham:
In Genesis 15:8-20, Abram (also called Abraham) asks “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of [the land of Cannan]? So the Lord said to him bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each 3 years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
Abram brings these and is instructed to cut the heifer, goat and ram into two pieces. But not the birds. Here is a commentary on this from verse 9 http://biblehub.com/commentaries/genesis/15-9.htm of http://biblehub/niv/genesis.15.htm
Jarchi remarks: “The idolatrous nations are compared in the Scriptures to bulls, rams, and goats; for it is written, Psalm 22:12 : Many bulls have compassed me about. Daniel 8:20 : The ram which thou hast seen is the king of Persia. The rough goat is the king of Greece. Daniel 8:21. But the Israelites are compared to doves, etc.; Sol 2:14 : “O my dove, that art in the cleft of the rock. The division of the above carcasses denotes the division and extermination of the idolatrous nations; but the birds not being divided, shows that the Israelites are to abide for ever.”
It is important to understand that this event again was in very ancient times. At that time it is my understanding that the cutting of an animal was a custom to indicate a promise. It was probably developed by humans in that area. I believe it is possible that the dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit.
Stories in the bible hold the dove up as having noble qualities of thoughtfulness, innocence, comfort and peace:
A dove is sent out by Noah to see if the waters have receded to show land; it thoughtfully helps everyone on board by kindly bringing back a fresh olive leaf. (Genesis, 8:11) The book of Matthew, Chapter 10 verse 16 refers to one quality of a dove as innocence. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all refer to the Holy Spirit descending onto Jesus*** “as a dove” in the scene when Jesus models getting baptized. ( The term baptism means submersion in water. It was a purification, a ceremony to mark the cleansing of one’s soul. ) Mt 3:16 / Mk 1:10 / 3:22 / Jn 1:32)
Thanks for reading! In Peace.
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* Here is a link for the bible from Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament to English. https://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/1.htm. Read it backwards.
Here is a link for how to pronounce one of the Hebrew terms for God: “YHWH” It is my belief that the name may be pronounced as each Hebrew letter, “Yod-Hay-Vah-Hay” – this offers a great explanation – especially at the end of the video – that the important thing is to come to understand the character of YHWH, it is more important than how to say the name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRsbSLU9oFA.
** Jonah was an intuitive listener of God; most –if not all–of the Books in the Bible are relayed by intuitive listeners of God. We hear a narration that is from the kind of vantage point that knows what the person was thinking, what was in their heart and we hear of events that occurred even when it appeared no one was physically present.)
*** the term Jesus is from ‘Iseous, meaning “Son of God” in Greek. Christ meant “anointed one.” Kings at that time were anointed.