22nd January 2019

Animals

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)

The Bible offers special insight into the relationship between human and animal life, and the role of animals in the created order. Jesus taught that not even an individual sparrow can fall without God taking note!

When animals were created, Adam was instructed to rule over “every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). Humans rule over the animal kingdom and we learn the heart of God through how we treat our animals as well as each other. Proverbs 12:10 says, “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

2 Peter 2:12 speaks of men who are likened to “unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed” (in other words as animals who are created to be tamed and used for work, as well as killed for food, etc.). We find a clear distinction between human and animal life, in origin, nature, characteristics and destiny—only mankind is offered salvation and eternal life through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I have a Cocker Spaniel called Darley. He is wonderful! But he needs feeding, toileting, walking, taking to a vet (with all that requires in terms of money), washing, drying, dealing with ticks, cutting his fur, socialising, etc. All this and he cannot talk! He can bark, but that’s all. But, I can tell what he wants and his understanding of me and of Anna is sound. He knows what love is and it’s said that a dog has love for its owners that is loyal and deep. The future fate of animals when they die is in God’s hands. We are not told in the Bible that they will live again, but of course God is all powerful and could recreate them if he chose.

Prayer
Holy Father, may all animals be looked after to the highest earthly standards. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Chris Burmajster
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About the Author:
Chris Burmajster attends the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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