Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!!!! 

Do you know which of the above animals is not mentioned in the Bible?*  Zoo-ology!  There are lots of animals in the Bible, not counting Noah’s Ark.  (Oh, by the way, do you know the name of Noah’s wife?)**

Lions: Let’s start with Jesus as the Lion of Judah, Rev. 5:5, “Weep not, lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered…”  Dan. 6:16-24 is probably the most famous scene with lions; because Daniel had prayed to his God, he was thrown into the lions’ den; but “Did You Know” the den was covered with a large stone and the king’s signet was put on the stone so that nothing could change Daniel’s fate?

Tigers:  ‘Tiger’ in very few translations, seems to be used only where most translations use lion or leopard.  Job 4:11; James 3:7; Jeremiah 5:6; Habakkuk 1:8.

and Bears: Oh my!  I Samuel 1:34, David had protected his father’s flocks from lions and bears, surely he could deal with Goliath.  In Daniel 7:5, he shares his vision with the king, including lions and bears; the bear probably represents the Medes and Persians who were voracious and cruel.  (silver, see Daniel 2.3) 

Horses: “Did you Know” that in Job 39:19-25 there is a detailed description of a horse?        Exodus 15:1-3 and 21 Miriam’s song of the horse and rider into the sea; James 3:3 says, we can bridle a horse, but not our tongue; 2 Chron. 9:25, describes Solomon’s wealth in horses and chariots, and stables; Rev. 6 The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse:  white horse and rider, to conquer; red horse, to remove peace; black horse, famine; pale horse, Death.

Dogs:  dogs are always bad when they appear in the Bible; not the cuddly furry pets we love.   One vivid description is I Kings 21:19 and 23-26, dogs lick the blood and eat Jezebel.  In the rich man and Lazarus, he begged only crumbs, and the dogs licked his sores, Luke 16:20. Also see Matt. 15:25-28.  In Judges 7:4-5, God had Gideon test the soldiers to find who lapped the water as a dog, and therefore did not keep watch.   Isaiah 26:10-11 gives a good description of dogs.     Here’s a good Proverb to end with in 26:17, “He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.”                        

And more…There are ravens, storks, and roosters; there’s even a gnat (Matt. 23:23-24) and a leech (Prov. 30:15-16.)  Then, there are the donkey, ass, colt; wolf and fox; swine and pigs, etc.

Lamb, sheep, ram:  Genesis 22:13, the ram caught in the thicket, an offering rather than Isaac. Luke 2:8 the shepherds and sheep at the annunciation of Christ’s birth. John 10:27 Jesus says that His sheep hear His voice, He knows them, and they follow Him;    John 21:16 Jesus tells Peter to feed His sheep.                                                                             

But, best of all is the Lamb!  John 1:29 and 36, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  2 Peter 1:19 the Lamb without blemish….Who … lay down His life for His sheep. John 10:15                                                                                                                     

Readers, “Behold the Lamb.”                                       

 *Answer:  tigers;    ** Answer: “Joan of Arc”  Ha, ha.