Be Kind To Animals Series
Contributed by Thomas Swope on Dec 1, 2016 (message contributor)
Summary: A study of the book of Job 35: 1 – 16
Job 35: 1 – 16
Be Kind To Animals
1 Moreover Elihu answered and said: 2 “Do you think this is right? Do you say, ‘my righteousness is more than God’s’? 3 For you say, ‘what advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’ 4 “I will answer you, and your companions with you. 5 Look to the heavens and see; And behold the clouds—They are higher than you. 6 If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him? Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand? 8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you, and your righteousness a son of man. 9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty. 10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, 11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’ 12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men. 13 Surely God will not listen to empty talk, nor will the Almighty regard it. 14 Although you say you do not see Him, yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him. 15 And now, because He has not punished in His anger, nor taken much notice of folly, 16 therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge.”
Our Lord Jesus placed us humans here on earth to tend and care for His property and all that is in it. As you know our ancestor Adam blew it and we now live in a fallen world. As part of the curse we along with animals exist by eating each other. It is just that plain and simple. Yet in all of this we need to remember that it does not give us any pass to be abusive to our Holy God’s Creation.
We always hear about animal abuse cases. It can be when you turn on the news or even in your own neighborhood. Most of the time abusers are fools. They have the nerve to say things like, “but they are just animals, who cares”.
These people should know that God loves animals and we are to respect them and use them to our advantage. Abusing and killing animals is sinful. It is God who created them. It is God who hears their cries. It is God who provides for them. Christians are to have a pure hearts whether it’s to an animal or not. We are not to abuse pets and other animals.
How can anyone think God would condone someone beating a dog to the point where it almost dies or not feeding it to the point where it almost dies? I unfortunately looked at the news and it showed this puppy that cruel kids had dumped glue all over and left to die. This act wasn’t stupid, it was evil.
What does the Bible say about His creation?
Genesis 1:26-29 ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man like Us and let him be head over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over everything that moves on the ground.” And God made man in His own likeness. In the likeness of God He made him. He made both male and female. And God wanted good to come to them, saying, “Give birth to many. Grow in number. Fill the earth and rule over it. Rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant that gives seeds that is on the earth, and every tree that has fruit that gives seeds. They will be food for you.’
1 Samuel 17:34-37 ‘David replied to Saul, “I am a shepherd for my father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth. If it attacked me, I took hold of its mane, struck it, and killed it. I have killed lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has challenged the army of the living God.” David added, “The Lord, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this Philistine.”Go,” Saul told David, “and may the Lord be with you.”
Genesis 33:13-14 ‘Jacob said to him, “Sir, you know that the children are frail and that I have to take care of the flocks and cattle that are nursing their young. If they’re driven too hard for even one day, all the flocks will die. Go ahead of me, sir. I will slowly and gently guide the herds that are in front of me at their pace and at the children’s pace until I come to you in Seir.”