Living in Harmony with Animals
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]
Mankind living without fear and in harmony with animals. It happened once—and will happen again.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.