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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

What have I done to you that you should strike me these three times?

After a tremendous display of God’s power, the children of Israel made their way towards the land God had promised Abraham. As you can imagine, many kings in the area were rightly scared of this huge nation, and more importantly, they had heard what God had done in Egypt. They worshiped idols of wood and stone. They were no match for the Creator of the Universe. Fear gripped them all since they knew God had given Israel the Promised Land.

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God looked over all that He had made and it was good!
God asked Eve why she ate the fruit and she said, “The serpent tricked me.”

God had created everything on this planet perfect and good. There was abundance, love, peace, and joy. And there was absolutely no violence, fear, sickness, or death. God created Adam in His image. From Adam, He formed Eve, placing them both in the Garden of Eden. God delegated authority over the entire Earth to them, and gave them the Blessing. They were to protect the Garden and spread the Blessing throughout the Earth. Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God. They were physical beings like us. But like Jesus, and Christian Believers today, they were spiritually alive and connected to God. Having daily access to God’s Wisdom made challenging tasks like naming animals not only possible, but easy. All the fruit of the Garden was there for their benefit, with only one exception. They had a choice. They could trust God’s Word and enjoy the Blessing, or sin and reap the consequences.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Posted by Harrison on November 4, 2013
Posted in Old Testament StoriesSheep In The Bible  | Tagged With: , , , , , , , ,

Surely goodness and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life.

No other Psalm is so universally known and loved as the 23rd. In just 6 short verses, it captures the wonderful completeness of God’s love for all his children.

The author, David, spent much of his formative years tending sheep for his father. He had plenty of time to study the relationship between sheep and shepherd. The sheep were completely dependent on David for food, protection, and water. Even the smallest lamb was precious, and a good shepherd was not willing to lose even one. In his time, and in that region, lambs were sometimes even raised as family pets. Such was the love and trust between sheep and the shepherd.

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He raised that little lamb and it grew up with his children.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day the prophet Nathan appeared before King David. He told David the story of two men. The first was very rich and owned many sheep and cattle. The second was very poor and worked very hard to buy one little lamb. He raised it as one of his children, and cuddled it like a baby in his arms. It drank from his cup and ate from his plate.

The rich man had a guest come to visit. Instead of killing one of his own animals, he came and took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

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I have worked for 20 years and you have reduced my wages 10 times.
God has made me wealthy at your father’s expense.

Jacob bought Esau’s birthright and tricked his father Isaac into giving him the Blessing that belonged to his older brother. In fear of what Esau might do, Jacob ran away to the land of his mother, Rebekah, and started working for his Uncle Laban. Jacob had lived a very deceitful life and those seeds of deceit came to harvest under Laban. First, Jacob worked for 7 years to marry the younger daughter, Rachel. Instead, Laban tricked him into marrying the older one, Leah. This meant that Jacob had to serve him for 7 more years for the right to marry Rachel. During this long period of time Jacob was becoming a different man and turning his attention to God. (Genesis 25-29)

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God Arranged A Great Fish To Swallow Jonah

Posted by Harrison on September 27, 2013
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God commanded a man named Jonah to go to Ninevah and preach to them. Jonah refused. Instead, he got in a ship and headed in the opposite direction. One man's disobedience almost prevented Ninevah from being saved.

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Throughout the Bible, the eagle is used as an example of how God can transform a person. This post discusses eagle references in the Bible - Psalm 103, Isaiah 40 - And what Believers can learn from them.

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