Verse references from “Hearing God’s Voice in Creation” workshop at Seers & Prophets Institute October 2017
We do not have to look far in the Bible to understand God’s heart for the natural world he created. The first thing God tells us about creation is that what he had created was very good. We are told that the first act he had Adam do was name the animals as God brought them to him to see what he would name them. It is my own opinion but I do not think he was talking about calling them bear or cow or spider-monkey rather something more personal. In the last three chapters of Job as God speaks of his glory and majesty he speaks primarily of his creation and the animal kingdom. I believe that many of the mysteries of God and dynamics of the Kingdom of Heaven have been hiding in plain sight in the often-overlooked natural world that surrounds us. Here is a list of Bible verses to meditate on and search out if you are interested in discovering the Creator’s heart for his created world.
Job 38-42 God speaks of his glory by pointing at the natural world.
He calls everything he created good and very good. Gen 1:31
The first thing we are told God had Adam do was name all the animals. Gen 1:31
God makes covenants with the animals in the old and new Testaments. In Genesis, he mentions this five times in a row.
“Then God said to Noah … I now establish My covenant with you and your descendants after you and every living creature that was with you — the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, … with every living creature on the Earth. Gen 9:8-10
Animals are included in the New Testament covenant.
“And I have made them a covenant in that day, with the beast of the field, And with the fowl of the heavens, And the creeping thing of the ground, And bow, and sword, and war I break from off the land, And have caused them to lie down confidently.” Hosea 2:18
Creation will be set free … it awaits the sons and daughter of God to be revealed. Romans 8:122-22
All flesh will see the salvation of the Lord Luke 12:6
We should regard animals Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man has regard for his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
He knows them. Psalm 50:10-11 “I know every bird of the mountain, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.”
Not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing it. Mathew 10:29
They cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:20
He cares for them. Matthew 6:26-30
John 4:10-11 You have been concerned about this vine, through you did not make it grow … but Nineveh has more than 120K people who cannot tell their left hand from their right and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?
He demands an accounting from them. Gen 9:5
He uses them as co-laborers. Ravens were sent to feed Elijah. 1 Kings 17:4-6
Three of the faces of the seraphim that stand in the presence of the Lord are animals. Lion, eagle, on, man. Ezekiel 1:10
He values their lives. The story of Balaam and his donkey is a very interesting picture of how animals can see in the spirit realm and how God regards them.
Numbers 22:32-33 “The angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because. Your way was contrary to me. But the donkey saw me and turned aside from me these three times. if she had not turned aside from me, I would surely have killed you just now, and let her live.” ..
They have much to teach us about the nature and character of the Creator, Kingdom dynamics as well as other lessons.
Job 12:7 “but now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you…
King Solomon was the wisest man that lived. People would come from all over the world to listen to his wisdom concerning the natural world.
2 Kings 4:33-34 Solomon spoke of the trees from the cedars of Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he also spoke of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. Men came from all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon from the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.