Bible Insights

Living in Harmony with Animals

In “Adam was a Vegetarian,” I referenced Genesis 9:2-3 were God added meat to mankind’s diet.

There is another interesting item in that passage. In verse two, God says that from then on, all the animals would be afraid of people. This allows us to infer that prior to that time, the animals were not afraid of people.

That’s an intriguing thought. Although we have domesticated some animals, most species remain wild. Imagine living without fear and in harmony with animals, being able to sleep next to a lion or hold a rattlesnake of our hands.

And it could happen again. In Isaiah’s prophecy, he looks to a future time when:

“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.”

Isaiah 11:6, NIV

Mankind living without fear and in harmony with animals. It happened once—and will happen again.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Isaiah 11-13 and today’s post is on Isaiah 11:6.]

Read more about the book of Isaiah in For Unto Us: 40 Prophetic Insights About Jesus, Justice, and Gentiles from the Prophet Isaiah available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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