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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

Snakes! Sons of vipers! Hypocrites!
You cross land and see to make one convert, and then turn them into twice the son of hell as yourself.

Jesus loves everyone and was quick to forgive any sinner who approached him in faith. However, when it came to the religious leaders of his time, he pulled no punches. The Pharisees and Sadducees were the teachers, the political leaders, and should have been the spiritual role models for the nation of Israel. Instead, they had become corrupt, ignoring the most important commandment to love God and show mercy to His people. Jesus came to spread the Good News that God loves His people, and specifically to announce the arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven to the nation of Israel. Instead of welcoming their King, the religious leaders persecuted Jesus, leading to his crucifixion for calling God his Father, among other “horrible” things like healing folks on the Sabbath. Israel rejected the Kingdom and their King, postponing its arrival until Jesus returns again. It was the religious leaders who were most instrumental in Jesus’ rejection, and the unfortunate delay in the restoration of Israel’s divine position among the nations.

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The Fox, Or Jackal

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

It is not quite certain whether the fox mentioned in the Bible is the same animal that we now call by that name. It probably means what we now call the jackal. This animal is about as large as a common sized dog, and its color is yellow, or reddish brown. It never goes out alone to seek its food, but always in companies of forty or fifty together. Then they make strange noises, which sound very much like the crying of children.

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The Eagle

Posted by Harrison on October 17, 2014
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The Eagle

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

Did you ever see an eagle? There were once a great many among the rocks and mountains of our own country, but they will not stay where there are many people; so they are seldom seen here now. They like to make their nests in high and rocky places, where nobody can find them; as a verse in the Bible says, “Though thou shouldest make thy nest on high as the eagle, yet will I bring thee down from thence.” Their nests are not usually made in trees like those of many other birds, neither are they shaped in the same way: they are nothing but a layer of sticks spread flat upon the rock, and covered with some hay or straw. The care of the eagle for her young is spoken of in Deuteronomy 32:11. “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings; so the Lord alone did lead him.” This beautifully describes God’s care over the children of Israel while they were passing through the wilderness; does it not also well express his kindness to us?
These birds fly very swiftly, and you will find verses in the Bible that speak of this. One is the Deuteronomy 28:49. “The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, as swift as the eagle flieth.” In another place it is said, “His horses are swifter than eagles.” Job says, “My days are swifter than a post, (or post-rider;) they are passed away as the swift ships, as an eagle that hasteth to the prey.”

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The Dog

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

There are many dogs in the countries where the Bible was written, but the people do not like them as well as we do, and do not let them live about their yards and houses. So the dogs go wandering about without any master, and live on whatever they can find in the streets or around the markets. In the fifty-ninth Psalm you will find the verse: “They return at evening; they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city,”—and a little farther on you will see, “Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.” These verses show that the dogs wandered about in those days just as they do now. Sometimes when they do not find enough to eat, they become very fierce and cruel, so that you would be afraid to meet one of them.

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The Camel

Posted by Harrison on October 15, 2014
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The Camel

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

There are two or three varieties of the camel, but they do not differ from each other much more than our horses, some of which, the stout and strong, we use to draw heavy loads; others, more slender and graceful, we use for riding. The swift camel is called a Dromedary; it will carry its rider a hundred miles a day. Dromedaries are mentioned in the book of Esther, where messages were to be sent in haste to all parts of a vast kingdom; the messengers rode “on mules, and camels, and young dromedaries.”

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The Bee

Posted by Harrison on October 14, 2014
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The Bee

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

Although the bee is so small an animal, it is very well known; and many learned men have spent a great deal of time in observing it, and have written many very curious things about it. They tell us that there is in every hive a queen, larger than the rest, whom they all follow and obey; and that if she dies or is carried away, they all leave their work and unless the queen is restored or another one provided, they refuse to eat, and soon die. Only one queen is allowed in a hive at a time. She does not go out to gather honey, but those who attend upon her bring to her cell as much as she wants.

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The Bear

Posted by Harrison on October 12, 2014
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The Bear

From The Scripture Alphabet Of Animals
Harriet Newell Cook (1814-1843)
Published In 1842 – Public Domain

Did you ever hear children say, “He is as cross as a bear? I hope it will never be said of you, for nobody loves a child who is selfish and unkind, or who speaks cross and angry words. The bear is certainly a very cross animal; the name that was given to it in Bible times means a grumbler or growler. It does not even like other bears, excepting its own young ones, but chooses to live by itself in the gloomiest woods—often in a dark cave, or in the hollow part of some great old tree. When winter begins, it lies down to sleep, and does not wake up till warm weather comes again; then it creeps out of its retreat, lean and hungry enough-and cross enough, too. It is not a handsome animal; its hair is rough and almost as close as wool, and its limbs are thick and clumsy. It eats nuts, juicy leaves, and such fruits and berries as grow in the woods; it is fond of honey, and will climb the highest trees to reach it; and when it is very hungry, it will kill any animal that comes in its way and is not too strong for it to conquer.

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