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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

The Lion

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

You have seen pictures of the lion a hundred times, I suppose, and perhaps you have seen it alive; would you not like to know what the Bible says about it? You have heard it called the “king of beasts,” because it is so strong and so bold; it is afraid of no other animal, and it is strong enough to carry away a horse or a buffalo. In Proverbs 30:30, we read about “the lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any.” When king David was mourning for the death of Saul and Jonathan, he said, “They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.” How strong Samson must have been to take hold of a young lion and tear it in pieces with his hands! Did you ever read a riddle in one of the chapters of Judges? This is it, “Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness;” and it was made by Samson after he had found the honey in the skeleton of the lion,-as I told you when speaking of the bee. He promised some of his friends that he would give them thirty sheets and thirty changes of raiment, if they would find it out in seven days; but they would not have been able to do it, if Samson’s wife had not told them what he meant. Then they came to him and said, “What is sweeter than honey, and what is stronger than a lion?”

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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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