Will It Bible? Man Domesticated Wild Beasts

It’s time for another episode of “Will It Bible”, where we take a common phrase or concept and check to see if it is Biblical. I’ve gathered up some verses that we’ll discuss on my UkuleleWorship live stream. Join me at https://www.twitch.tv/ukuleleworship from 6:30am-7:50am ET to find out what we decide!

This “Will It Bible” will be a little…roundabout…because we’re also working on a series about Genesis 1 displaying God’s character. So… We’re asking if “Man Domesticated Wild Beasts” is Biblical. Join us in chat and hit yes or no in the predictions before I complete the devotional and give away the answer!

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[a] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

There’s that phrase again: “according to its kind”. It speaks to being very deliberate, and it speaks to reproduction. That is reinforced by God telling the birds and sea creatures to be fruitful and multiply.

Another phrase we heard before is “the expanse of the heavens”. The stars were lights “in the expanse of the heavens” and now birds fly ” across the expanse of the heavens”. We know that birds and stars aren’t in the same physical space, so the context of what is being talked about matters here. That may sound like a silly thing to point out, but context can be very nuanced, and not fully understanding or considering context means we can’t fully understand or consider what we’re reading. Context isn’t difficult when we’re talking birds and stars, but gets more complicated when we get to “be meek” and “be courageous”, right? So, clearly God’s word requires us to understand context.

I was also interested to see that the verse described 3 kinds of animals: “livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth”.  Livestock are differentiated from beasts from the beginning? So I checked lexicons, commentary, and concordance, and they all agreed that the original language here is “livestock” as in domesticated animals, “creeping things” denoting smaller animals of all kinds (including reptiles and insects), and “beasts” meaning wild animals. Here’s God planning ahead, being orderly, and building in supports by creating “livestock” – animals meant to serve man – before He creates man. He is also working in opposites again, by creating tame and wild animals at the same time. He could have just created “all creatures great and small” and we later (as we usually think of it) domesticated the wild beasts. But it is clear here that some were intended for domestication from the beginning; God made domesticated animals to be domesticated and all we did was show up and ask them to do what God intended for them. Then we tried to take credit for it.

Consider these additional verses about animals.

Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?

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