The Bible teaches that God cares about every part of His creation—including the animals. Jesus Himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” (Luke 12:6). When He made His creatures, He pronounced them good (Genesis 1:25), and they belong to Him (Psalm 50:10). One of the signs of a righteous man is that he takes care of his animals (Proverbs 12:10). If God expects humans to care for animals, how much more will He care for them?
The Creator has ordained natural laws that operate to produce food for all of His creation (Ps. 145:15, 16; 147:9). Thus, God cares for the basic needs of His animals.
In addition, God gave specific instruction in the Old Testament of how He expected the Israelites to be good stewards of the animals in their care.
1-The Israelites were instructed that oxen were not to be muzzled while stamping out the grain from the chaff (Deuteronomy 25:4), that they might enjoy the fruits of their labor (1 Timothy 5:18).
2-God commanded that mercy was to be shown to animals in need, even if they were not your own: “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again” (Deuteronomy 22:4).
3-God commanded that animals should rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 23:12).
4-Every seventh year the land was not to be sown or reaped for food, but was to be given a year to recuperate and to provide food for the poor and animals (Leviticus 25:1-7; Exodus 23:10-11).
5-The needs of animals were to be met: “Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23).
There are also other instances where God brings to attention the unfair treatment toward animals.
2-The Lord allowed the donkey to speak in protest against the unfair beatings of Balaam (Numbers 22:28, 30).
God’s care towards animals still is relevant today. Those who love God will also have compassion and care towards the creatures in His world.
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