Forest Fires and Dominion

Massive wildfires claim millions of acres of North American forests annually. Houses and businesses are destroyed. Human and animal lives are lost. Billions of dollars are spent trying to control the fires. People shake their heads and wonder at the cause of such devastation. Many Christians will claim, “Adam’s sin…

Sheep: Not So Stupid

Over 60 years ago, I attended a VBS where the speaker wore a straw hat, red plaid shirt, and blue jeans and spoke with a “country twang.” He told us about the high-walled sheepfold that shepherds in Bible times needed to protect their flock from predators at night. He emphasized…

Leviathan: None Like Him on Earth

While not the most frequently cited animal in Scripture, the one with the longest and most complete description is the leviathan. All of Job chapter 41 is devoted to it. Why does this mysterious animal deserve such biblical attention? One must look at the story of Job to understand the…

Behold Now Behemoth

The book of Job has fascinated ancient and modern readers. Using a lengthy poetic story, it teaches about God and Satan, about good and evil, about “bad things” being used by God to accomplish His perfect will in the lives of good people. While its message is clear, it contains…

Bible Birds

There are more different birds mentioned in the Bible than any other group of animals. Ancient Israelites were familiar with Palestinian birds and God frequently used them to teach spiritual truths. Swallows, a common Palestinian bird, are known for building nests in protected places, like under the eaves of buildings. It…

Horses and Chariots

After horse ancestors left Noah’s Ark, those that gave rise to the modern Equus caballus appear to have headed to Asia. There they were domesticated and used for meat, milk, and transportation. The Hyksos are credited with bringing the horse to Egypt. We can read between the lines of Scripture…

Biblical Gardens

A garden is a well watered, richly nourished, carefully tended place for the cultivation of plants. A garden can be expansive or tiny, free form or formal. It may contain few varieties or a vast catalog of species. It may be virtually all shades of green or a profusion of…

Encountering the Ark Encounter

Noah’s Ark was a big boat. Take off its roof, fill it with water, and Columbus’ Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria could float around in it. Although impressive, to most people this kind of comparison means little. But your first sight of the ark in Williamston, Kentucky, will give you…

The Cedar of Lebanon

Behold, . . . a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. . . . Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his…

Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. The Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן and the Greek κρίνον are generally translated lily. The white,…