Monkey: Now, where shall I begin to tell you about God’s greatness?
Ah, there are three specific and glorious events I’ll never forget….
This is the first day I remember.
It was the day God made the animals. Yes, animals are part of God’s creation.
God made the sea creatures and the birds on the fifth day of creation. God saw it was good and He blessed all the living creatures in the water and in the sky.
Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So, God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So, the evening and the morning were the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23 NKJV)
So, the air and the oceans were filled with creatures and birds but no animals on land.
He made the rest of us on the sixth day, the same day He created Adam and Eve.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25 NKJV)
Now, there were animals, creatures, birds, and insects everywhere—in the sky, in the waters, and on land.
We were created but none of us had names.
The second great event in the history of the animal kingdom was the day we all received names.
God brought us all to Adam so that Adam could name us.
He named me Monkey.
What a glorious day it was when each of us was named.
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So, Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam, there was not found a helper comparable to him. (Genesis 2:19-20 NKJV)
You see, Adam called me a monkey, so Monkey is my name.
At that time Adam was alone. His wife and helper, Eve, wasn’t created yet. Did you know that God made her from Adam’s rib? Yes, He caused Adam to fall into a deep, DEEP sleep. Then he took one of his ribs and made the woman Eve.
Hundreds of years later the third major event happened. It not only affected the animal kingdom but all living creatures and even the earth itself.
It was the day that we entered the ark that Noah had built on the instructions of God. It took him about 100 years to build this ark. He built it on dry ground according to God’s blueprint.
Genesis 2:6 tells about the mist that went up from the earth and watered the grounds. The first-time rain was mentioned in the Bible was in Genesis 7:4.
For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights (NET)
I remember when the rain started…The rain kept falling and falling and falling…for days. We were more than a year in the ark, but that is a story for another day.
Throughout the ages, we, the animals in the Bible, have played different roles in the kingdom of God. Some of us have more spectacular stories than others, but they are all important because it is written on a scroll—or a book as you know it today—called the Bible, the Word of God.
Tomorrow we’ll begin with Lion.
Your instructions are to find out everything about lions in the Bible. I challenge you to see if you will know more about Lion than Lion does.
Here are some clues to start your Bible study search
- What does a lion symbolize in the Bible? Can you think of 7 symbols that refer to a lion? (Hint: Tribe of Judah is one)
- What stories do you know about lions in the Bible? Think of three. (Hint: a den of lions).
Always add the Bible verse or passage with your answers so you can refer to it again.
See you tomorrow!
Animals in the Bible Quest
Start here – What Stories Do Animals in the Bible Have to Tell?
Monkey leads the way – What Do Animals In the Bible Have to do with God’s Greatness?
Lion’s stories – Lion, The King of The Jungle and Much More