We are to be concerned with our “beasts” (animal NASB) (929). Notice that it doesn’t say “pets”. The concept of a pet in history seems to be focused on the idle rich or perhaps the familiars of those involved in the occult. It says animal, it means animal. These are the machines and power sources of the age. We are to treat them well. Jesus rode one into Jerusalem in the Triumphal Entry. The Bible does not say that Mary rode one to Jerusalem for the birth of Jesus.
What was interesting to me as I looked at this today is that the Hebrew word is one that we are familiar with. Actually we are familiar with the derivative.
(Job 40:15 KJV) Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.In Job the word is masculine. It is only used there in the Bible. The feminine noun, used in Proverbs, is more common, over a hundred times. You have heard speculation on what the behemoth was. Some speculate on dinosaurs and such. Notice how it is defined in the context of Job. It eats grass like an ox. That is God speaking, not me.
So? Love your animals but keep them in their place. They should not replace your neighbor, your children or your spouse in your concern or priorities.
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