Words of life

The Ant – a tireless worker for the benefit of the fellowship

 

“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer." Proverbs 30: 24-25.

 

The Salmon - steadfast endurance

 

"The fish of the sea will explain to you....." (Job 12: 8).

The Hawk – pursuing the light

 

"Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south?" Job 39: 26.

As well as eagles and vultures, many smaller birds of prey, including falcons and hawks, are mentioned in the Bible.

 

The Lion - royal, strong and bold

 

The lion has always been a symbol of royal power and strength – the king of beasts! In Proverbs 30: 30, among the three creatures which are “majestic in pace” and “stately in walk”, is the lion “which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from any.” Exceptions were Samson, who was given exceptional strength by God, and young David with his shepherd heart whom God enabled to overcome both lion and bear. From such events, and over 100 references to lions in the Bible, we can assume that lions were once not uncommon in Israel.

 

The Short-toed Eagle - deadly enemy of all snakes.

High above the earth, above all the noise and bustle of everyday life, the eagle glides, quietly and untroubled, but with very sharp vision for what is going on below.” In Isaiah 40: 31 we read: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”