Friday, April 28, 2017

The LORD is Creator and Commander of the animal kingdom

The Lord in His power directs every atom, every person, every angel, every demon, and every animal on earth (and in heaven). He created all and He is in control over all.

Not that He makes humans like robots, but His providence sees to it that His will and His plans are carried out. I enjoy pondering His power over His creation, don't you? There are many verses that speak to this fact. Here are a mere few that demonstrate His sovereignty.

"The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters" (Psalm 24:1-2).

"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Psalm 90:2).

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).

One demonstration of His power is His control over the animals. Let's take a look.

The most obvious one is His control over animals when He sent them to Noah to board the ark.

Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. (Genesis 6:20).

In Exodus, He sent the plagues of flies, gnats (Exodus 8:16-19), frogs (Exodus 8:1-15) and killed all the cattle- except the ones who belonged to the Hebrews. Lest someone believe that it was an accident, the Bible declares that the LORD did it.

And the Lord did so. There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants' houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the swarms of flies. (Exodus 8:24).

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And the next day the Lord did this thing. All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one of the livestock of the people of Israel died
. (Exodus 9:6).

Prophet Elijah was fed by ravens.

And the word of the Lord came to him: 3 "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." (1 Kings 17:2-4).

Lest anyone think it was an accident, note that the LORD "commanded" the birds to do this. It was His will and desire that this should occur. And it did.

In Numbers 22:28 He made a donkey speak. What I found funny was that Balaam argued back. He was arguing with a donkey! He didn't say, "Hm, this donkey which I have ridden all my life and it never spoke before, suddenly began acting strangely and then it talked to me. It must be the LORD.' No, Balaam said he was so mad at the donkey he would like to kill it. The donkey then pleaded his case. A strange scene, for sure. But the LORD made the donkey speak. Once again, He is in control.

Of course one can think of the bears God sent to maul the taunting youths, the great fish He sent to swallow Jonah, the lions' mouths he closed in the lion's den for Daniel, the ram he sent to Abraham caught in the thicket atop Mt Moriah, and many other instances of how the LORD used animals to fulfill His will.

In the New Testament, He made the fish overload the disciples' nets so much that their net broke. (Luke 5:6). In Matthew 17:24-27 he put a drachma coin into a fish's mouth. He will call the birds of the air to the Great Supper of God. (Revelation 19:17).
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God communicates with His creatures. He cares for them. They indicate that there IS a Creator as a product of God’s creative energy and will.

I enjoy thinking about the sovereignty of God through these topics. His created order, the world, and heaven contain animals of which he creates, communicates with, and cares for. They do what He wishes and they even give praise to their creator. (Psalm 148:10-13).

We can do the same.


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1 comment:

  1. I suppose I ponder unusual thoughts sometimes. "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth." (Revelation 6:8) I wonder if the "beasts of the earth" includes dogs or just wild animals. Dogs have become like "family" to their owners these days and most families have at least one. It makes me think that perhaps during the Tribulation, people's tame pets in their households may transform into wild beasts attacking their owners. Maybe there's a purpose for dogs being so popular and loved. Its just my personal opinion, but its one of those things I believe may be possible.

    I think horses are majestic and beautiful creatures. I'm pleased to know I'll have a white one to ride on one day.

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