“And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” – Genesis 1:26-28.
LIGHT FOR NOW:The use of animals in the Old Testament (outside the literal ones) were figurative of spiritual facts.
In unbundling the animals used in the B part of Genesis 1:26 and 28, we came to see that the first activity of the animal we are going to read about is the serpent coming to deceive man. The serpent here in Genesis 3 was descriptive of the devil. So it means, the use of animals will be an illustration of spiritual truth. In Genesis 3, the serpent describes a being; a person (Satan). Hear this in Genesis 49 for corroboration, it reads “Dan shall be a serpent by the way…” So you can see an animal (a serpent) used to describe a person (Dan). Verse 9 of the same Genesis 49 reads “Judah is a lion’s whelp…” Notice again, Judah (a person/personality) is referred to as a lion’s whelp (an animal). And notice, where we have these descriptions so far (animals used to describe man), it was as touching human conduct, actions or activities. So the use of animals in the Old Testament was to describe human conduct. In the pretext of Genesis 49, a personality (Reuben) is being described as unstable as water in verses 3 and 4 by Jacob; Jacob described his son (Reuben) as unstable as water (an inanimate object). In verses 11 and 14 of the same Genesis 49, you will notice “Binding his foal unto the vine, and his as colt… Issachar is a strong ass…” Notice, Issachar (a person) is a strong ass (an animal). So the use of animals was to describe human actions. You will see a corroboration in Psalms 58:4 which reads “Their poison is like the poison of serpent…” Again, he is talking about men here and he says their poison is like that of a serpent, this will be as touching human actions. Again, in Psalms 140:3 “They have sharpened their tongue like serpent…” So the use of animals was figurative of human conducts.
INSTRUCTION: Be patient as you study through.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are flooded with light, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: You cannot be in a hurry in interpreting the bible; it will land you in misinterpreting the bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALM CHAPTER 23; EVENING: PSALM CHAPTER 42