The Wolf - order and unity

"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil." Genesis 49: 27.

Order and unity in the church and home

The Syrian Wolf of Bible days used to hunt singly, not in packs, as they do in Europe and North America today.

But when the wolves hunt in families or packs, then they work together in an intelligent way to bring down much larger animals such as moose or elk. The wolf and its mate keep together for life. They may have between 5 and 14 cubs in a litter. The cubs are trained to hunt and kill, and the family keeps together for quite some time. There is also an order in the pack, with respect for the leader, and a beta-male who will fight to protect the leader.

There is also an order in the church, as ordained by God. He “gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”.  (Ephesians 4:11). 

Similarly, in families, parents and children are exhorted to respect and honor each other’s role that God has given to them, so that the home becomes one that is well-pleasing to God. (Colossians 3:18-21)

We thank God for his laws that create good order in the family and in the church, with happy families who love to be together and share the blessings God gives. Let us also fulfil the prophecy about Benjamin, and be as ravenous wolves, hungering and thirsting after righteousness. 

Endure in doing good

The wolf is famous for its courage, its fighting ability, its intelligence and its great powers of endurance. It will keep on running mile after mile, even right through the night if necessary, until it has overtaken its prey and pulled it to the ground. 

That is how we are to be in our Christian life. Every morning we rise up to hunt after the prey, the opportunities to do the good works that God has prepared for us – with endurance and perseverance, never giving up. 

As Paul rejoiced over the Colossian church in Colossians 2:5, may God also rejoice to see our good order and the steadfastness of our faith in Christ.