Monday, September 9, 2013

The Secret of the Animals

      Have you ever been reading a Bible verse that you have read maybe dozens of times before when all of a sudden it just opens up a whole new meaning to you?  Some call that the "Rhema" word of God.  This website explains exactly what "Rhema" means (Click HERE).  For me such an experience is rare and very treasured.  For that reason I thought a long time before deciding to post this because I don't want to trivialize something that sacred to me.  Please take it or leave it, as what I say does not change scripture or doctrine in any way.  But one morning during my quiet time I happened to be reading Genesis 3:1 where it says,

      "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (KJV) 

      Now I don't know about you, but that verse has always puzzled me.  Namely, why didn't Eve totally Freak Out when being addressed by a snake?  I have been know to freak out just seeing a snake; but I'd be completely apoplectic if one just started talking to me!  Every time I had read that scripture those thoughts would run through my mind.  Then, unexpectedly, it seems like the heavens opened in my spirit and I had a sudden insight into just how things were in the Garden of Eden.  So here is the first question I have for you:

      What if ALL of the animals in the Garden talked?
 
      Yes.  What if all of the animals and Adam and Eve were used to having conversations every day?  Not in words, though, but rather by directly communicating their thoughts.  Which raises another question:

 
What if verbal language is an inferior way to communicate,
 and only came into being after The Fall?
 
      Have you heard the testimonies of people who had a near-death experience, who saw angels, or heaven itself? Often they say they communicated via thoughts, rather than  with words, and that it was so much more effective.  And, if animals and humans communicated with each other directly, wouldn't that mean that Humans and Animals once had a much closer relationship with each other than we do today?  (Note: As I was typing this sentence my little Ebay App went "Ka-Ching!"  When I looked to see what had just sold---I am not making this up!--it was a wooden statue of St. Francis.  It had been sitting in my Ebay store, unsold, for many months.  Perhaps this is something that the "Patron Saint of the Animals" knew?)  Now read in Chapter 2 of Genesis: 
 
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  (Gen 2 KJV)


      Here is your next question:

What if Adam named, not just each Species, but each and every Animal?
 
      Just like you and I name our beloved pets?  My son, Scot, is the only person I know who has never named his cat.  He just calls her, "Cat."  When I asked him why, he said, "She never comes when I call her anyway." :-)       
      As I was pondering all of this I was thinking of how often I have wondered why it grieves my spirit whenever I see a dead animal lying on the side of the road.  Why is my heart pierced when a bird flies into a window and falls to the ground; his little body fluttering and then still? 
      What made me one day, when I was driving on a busy two-lane road and saw a large snapping turtle struggling upside down on the edge of the traffic, stop to help?  I just had to hit the brakes, pull over, and walk alongside the busy traffic back to that frightened, wounded animal and risk getting a bad bite to push it over and down the embankment to the safety of a drainage ditch.  What was it about his helplessness that compelled me to stop everything to help him?  What was it about the sight of the blood puddling under his cracked shell that I will never forget?
      Do we not still, deep inside, have a long-forgotten mystical connection to every animal? 
And what if, when the Lord God created the earth, that He never intended that humans should harm the animals, but rather that we should be their caretakers?
 
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden
 to dress it and to keep it.  (Gen 2:15 KJV)
 
      Was it not the duty of Adam and Eve to tend lovingly to each and every creature there? Before Sin entered in and destroyed all that was perfect, and beautiful and safe? What if God never intended that animals and humans would be afraid of each other, and kill each other, and even consume each other?  Was that not also a consequence of a cursed earth? 
      "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Gen 3: 17-19 KJV)
   
      That is when everything changed.  But that was not what God intended for any of us when He created this earth, before human rebellion brought sin into a formerly perfect earth.  God never intended for any of us the suffer from the consequences of sin.  But He did set into effect, from the very day that Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden, to restore us to what He first intended.  And that, also, had to do with animals. Listen to what happened when God first found Adam and Eve, hiding from Him, after they had both sinned. 

       And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.  And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?(Gen 2: 7-11 KJV)

      Has it ever puzzled you, like it did me, why Adam and Eve never knew they were naked prior to their sin?  Here is a question for you...

What if Adam and Eve were clothed in light, prior to The Fall?

 
      We know from the Bible, and from many stories of those who have encountered angels, that God and the angels are glowing with such light that the human eye cannot bear to look at them unless they dim their glow for our sakes.  Were not humans, before sin, equally clothed in the light of holiness?  So here they were, Adam and Eve, suddenly stripped of their sinlessness and bare naked, cowering in the shrubs.  Then the Bible tells us what God did to hide their shame...
 
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins,
and clothed them."  (Gen 3:21 KJV)
 
      And where did God get those "coats of skins"?  From the animals.  Thus God was the very First One to institute animal sacrifice to cover the sins of Man.  Not Moses, not Abraham, and not even Eve's second born, Abel, who pleased God by bringing Him "the firstlings of his flock."  It was actually the Lord God who first sacrificed animals to cover the Sin of Man.  How could He even do such a thing?  That brings us to the last question...
 
Would God sacrifice the Innocent to cover the sins of the Guilty?
 
 
      What if God in Heaven chose Innocent animal sacrifice to cover the sins of the Guilty to foretell of how He would one day manifest Himself in human form to offer His own innocent Blood to cover our sin?
 
      Then hundreds of years later, the night before the Israelites were about to be freed from slavery in Egypt, God sent an Angel of Death to slay the Firstborn of every household--both humans and animals--except for those who brushed the Blood of a Perfect Innocent Lamb over their doorposts.  Was that not a picture of the future also? 
 
      Then again, many hundreds of years after that, as Jesus sat at the Seder meal with His disciples, He lifted that Passover cup of dark wine and told everyone who had ever celebrated their deliverance from Slavery in Egypt that the very cup which they had lifted to their lips was a picture of the Sacrifice that He was about to make on their behalf.  He told them that whenever they sat at a future Passover Seder...
 
"This cup is the new testament (ie: Covenant) in my blood: this do ye,
 as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." (I Cor.11:25 KJV)

      So what, then, does the future hold for the animals?  It is prophesied what happens after the return of Messiah Jesus here in Isaiah:   



            "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together;  and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,  for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  In that day the Root of Jesse (ie: Jesus) will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious."  (Isaiah 11: 6-10)
 
 Now that's a happy ending--for the animals, and for us!

 
 
       
 
 


2 comments:

  1. The Lord will restore us to what he first intended! Personally I have communicated with animals my whole life and have great depth of feeling for the animals.

    Great post!

    j9

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