Most of us are huge fan of animals. We humans can learn a lot from our friends in the animal kingdom. A lot of animals where mentioned in the bible and we can learn a lot of lessons from them. It became clear from the bible that animals were used often as metaphors, to illustrate important lessons both positive and negative.
Here are the different animals that we can learn spiritual lessons from…
One popular scripture that talks about the deer is one that talks about panting for water and we forget the beautiful qualities of this animal. This beautiful, graceful and sure footed animal are qualities that amazes us in deers. This qualities can be copied in spiritual sense which comes from a firm foundation of God in our lives. Our spiritual feet becomes like the feet of a deer; confident and able to gracefully walk through the obstacles of life.
“God is the one who gives me strength. He clears the path i need to take. He makes my feet as steady as a deer. Even on mountains, He keeps me from falling. Psalm 18:32&33”
This is one animal that has taught us so many spiritual lessons. Eagles are known for soaring majestically, faithful and unlike other bird they get renewned and fly above every storm. As christians this should be among our goals in life. To be able to overcome trials and difficult times. Eagles don’t eat dead meat, they feed on fresh things and as christians we should daily feed on the word of God to retain the freshness of God in us.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31”
Locusts, or grasshoppers by themselves are not powerful, but when they get together in a huge swarm, they are formidable! This is an illustration of strength in unity. When people band together in unity and cooperation, things get done.
“Locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in rank. Proverbs 30:27”
Just like most of us we really don’t like them but i have to admit we can learn from them. Those tiny little creatures are smarter than most people. they work hard and prepare for the future. I believe God wants us to learn from them the value of hard work and foresight in a much bigger sense, even eternal.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her way and be wise. Proverbs 6:6”
5. LAMB AND SHEEP
The innocence and purity of these animal was what God wanted to have demanded to use an unblemished lamb for sacrifice. That of course was the prototype of our ultimate sacrifice “Jesus”. He is the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. In addition to the lambs innocence and purity, they are gentle nature animal that can be relational and they always know the shepherd’s voice.
“My sheep hear my voice, and i know them, and they follow me. John 10:27”
The ox is a strong, powerful animal, used for plowing, transporting, hauling, threshing grain and more. In biblical days, oxen were very valuable because of the heavy work they were capable of doing. Oxen are patient, dependable, composed and have a “servant’s heart.”
“An ox knows its owner, and a donkey its master’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
The beautiful dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, peace, love or a messenger. Like the eagle, doves also normally mate for life. They have long been seen as birds that are loyal, dedicated, honorable and peaceful. Jesus instructs us to be innocent and harmless, like a dove. Of course, that must be coupled with wisdom.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”MATT 10:16
In the bible, the Lion is used as one of Jesus’ titles i.e the Lion of Judah. (Rev 5:5). The lion denotes great strength, power, majesty, the King of all! Lions are strong, powerful, fearless, bold and confident – qualities that are universally admired, and worthy of emulating. Jesus, is both the Lion and the Lamb. It is an interesting paradox, but it shows the perfect balance between Jesus’ power and authority, as the conquering King – yet at the same time His sacrificial love, goodness, kindness and compassion.