Whether we’re dog people or cat people, we love our animals. But what does the Bible say about our pets? What about animal rights? And what about humans, are we just higher forms of animals? How should a Christian view his or her animals?
Deuteronomy 7 & 8:
Remember … remember … remember!
Remember … remember … remember! This seems to be the theme of much of today’s Old Testament reading. When you’re afraid of your enemies, remember what I did to Egypt when they tried to keep you in bondage. When you’re afraid the task is too big for you, remember what I did for you in the wilderness. And even when you have experienced success, remember Who enabled you to be where you are!
And to us … “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15.4).
We, too, need to remember … what God has done for us personally, what He did for His people in the past, and Who is to receive the glory!
Commit, trust, rest & wait
There is so much packed into these few verses. Twice we are told to “Fret not …”—that is, don’t worry.
In regard to the Lord, we are told to commit our way to Him, to trust Him, to rest in Him, and to wait patiently for Him.
We’re not to get focused on evil doers and how they seem to prosper. Instead we’re to keep an eternal perspective and remember that those who wait on the Lord, who cease from anger, and who humbly trust in Him shall inherit the earth and have an abundance of peace!
Love your cats & dogs, but …
We hear a lot about “animal rights” these days. It has become a cause for celebrities and others—almost a religion with some.
Animals certainly are a part of God’s creation. And as verse 10 says, “A righteous man regards the life of his animal …” A righteous man will treat his animals well, but animals are not on an equal par with people! We are not just a higher form of animal. We were made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1.26-27). He breathed His Spirit into us (Gen. 2.7). We have an eternal soul.
1 Corinthians 15.39 says:
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
So love you cat or your dog and take good care of them as part of God’s creation; enjoy them, but keep your affection and regard for them in the right place.
What a celebration Mary and Elizabeth must have had! They knew something miraculous had happened to them both. Elizabeth who had been barren was expecting. Her son would become John the Baptist, God’s messenger sent to prepare the way for the Christ. And Mary had been entrusted with the task of being the earthly mother of Jesus.
They shared a bond few could even imagine. They would have to rely on God. Soon Mary’s pregnancy would be revealed to everyone … tongues would wag … Joseph would need to know … how would they respond? But for now … celebration!