by L.C. “Elsee” Redman
June 19, 2015, updated October 5, 2015, January 21, 2017
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 Arc. (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 Sumarian records tell in cuneiform writing on hardened clay tablets of a similar arc story. Arc means “box.”
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 Bible and be appalled by the early guidance to sacrifice animals. It appears to me that over the past several thousand years, God has helped first the Jews, then any who would listen, humans towards civility, protection & survival.
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, likely also 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. Moses spent 40 years in the desert – a quiet, simple time — and was good-hearted before God chose him to be a clear listener, seer and spokesperson.
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 assist for a civil society at that time. Several hundred years before Jesus 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.
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 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?”…38:40 (NIV) “Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?” and in 39:1, “Do you watch while the doe bears her fawn? ” In Job 38:16, God asks Job, “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?” YHWH (Hebrew name for the LORD, may be pronounced as each Hebrew letter, “Yod-Hey-Wa-Hey” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRsbSLU9oFA ).* As the video presenter indicates near the end, the important thing is to understand the character of The LORD, above how to pronounce the name.
In the 4 Chapter book of Jonah, God indicates caring for the animals:
Later, 3/4ths into the Bible, in the short book of Jonah, Jonah questions God’s mercy from wiping out a certain city and God explains: (NIV) “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?”
(Jonah was an intuitive listener of God; most of the Books in the Bible are relayed by intuitive listeners of God.)
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 http://biblehub/niv/genesis15-9.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 can also symbolize the Holy Spirit / God and God-oriented humans.
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-Hey-Wa-Hey” – 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.