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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 Ass

Posted by Harrison on September 20, 2014
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The Ass

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

The ass is very gentle and patient, and does not seem angry even when he has a very heavy load to carry. I should be very sorry to have him treated unkindly. Though he seems so dull, he loves his master, and will sometimes find him out and run to him even when he is in a crowd of men. God says, in the Bible, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Is it not a sad thing that the dull ass should be more grateful than we are?

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He is righteous and victorious, yet humble, riding on a donkey.

Five centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Zechariah spoke of the coming Messiah, giving the Jewish people a clue so they would recognize their king. (Zechariah 9:9) This prophecy was fulfilled on the Friday before, and referenced again by events on what Christians now call Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem proclaiming the long awaited Kingdom. But many would not recognize their Savior. (Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)

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Good News Of A Great Joy

Posted by Harrison on November 16, 2013
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There were shepherds in the field watching over their flock by night.
“I bring you good news of a great joy!”

Luke, an outstanding historian, provides the most complete overview of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Its very likely that he interviewed Mary, and some of the shepherds who had witnessed the event, in order to provide such vivid detail of the angel’s words, and the reaction of all the participants.

Everything started with Mary and Joseph receiving the revelation of the coming Messiah. It was exciting news, but there was a problem, they lived in Nazareth. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, had promised that Bethlehem Ephrathah would be the birthplace of His King (Micah 5:2). God had to get Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, almost 70 miles away, and about three days by foot under the best conditions – maybe several more days for someone traveling pregnant. This was not a journey one would make, especially late in a pregnancy, unless forced to by circumstances beyond their control.

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Let Down Your Nets

Posted by Harrison on October 17, 2013
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Let down your nets and you will catch many fish.

Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and the crowds were overwhelming him. He saw some fishermen cleaning their nets and asked one of them named Peter to push out from the shore so he could address the crowd. After teaching, Jesus told Peter to head back out and cast your nets for a massive catch.

Peter was an experienced fisherman. He knew that catching fish in the daytime was virtually impossible in the clear waters of the Galilee. But he agreed to go back out. He threw out his net and immediately was overwhelmed with the number of fish that had filled it. He called to his partners who came out in their boat and they filled both boats with fish. Immediately, Peter fell to his feet and worshiped Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11)

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“Don’t you understand this parable?
How then will you understand any of the parables?”

One of the most important parables given by Jesus is the Parable of the Sower. This teaching forms the foundation for understanding how the Kingdom of God works. And since Jesus explains the meaning, there is no excuse for not understanding the parable, and acting on it.  (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15)

The sower goes out to sow some seed. The seed is the Word of God. The same seed is sown in four different soils, but each results in a different outcome.

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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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