Evil animal treatment is something that has been going on for thousands of years, but relatively little of it is mentioned in the pages of our Bibles, nor for the most part is it mentioned in our modern media.
What is mentioned are the specific cases of animal abuse, but not the overwhelming evil animal treatment that is taking place on our farms, our slaughterhouses, our laboratories, and our entertainment.
If we are thinking about specific cases of animal abuse or mistreatment, we might think about Proverbs 12:10…
10. A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast,
But the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
Even in the wording of this proverb it refers to an animal (singular) as a beast, which to us is a degradation of the beautiful animals who God created; he or she should be loved and protected by us, which is partially addressed in the first line of this verse, but the word “regard” does not really have the same intent as being loving and protecting of the animal.
The second line of this verse addresses those people who abuse or mistreat an animal (again singular).
While this proverb does address the character of people, it doesn’t really address the overall industrialized evil animal treatment that is responsible for the billions of animals who suffer and die every year in this world, nor the collateral damage that it causes to our environment, which brings more suffering and death to both humans and animals.
Psalm 27:1-9 really doesn’t address evil animal treatment, but it does speak about human behavior, which can be either good or evil, and unfortunately today it seems to mostly follow the ungodly ways of this world.
1. The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
If this is the way we truly believe and live, then there is nothing to fear or dread, but unfortunately very few people seem to live like they believe this way.
The whole world seems to be driven by fear and not the heavenly will of God.
2. When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
As we look around the world very little of this seems to be happening, and maybe it is because most people don’t really believe who God is so that they could have the personal relationship that David is writing about in the beginning of this psalm.
3. Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
We don’t believe that this has to be a physical enemy; it mostly is a spiritual enemy that follows the corrupt ways of the devil and which is prevalent all over the world.
4. One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to meditate in His temple.
Perhaps some of our worldly problems stem from the fact that relatively few people seek to truly live in the heavenly will of God, but a lot of people want the benefits of it.
People always seem to want to see the Lord or have Him do something that can be seen with their eyes.
When we truly have a personal relationship with Him and are living in His heavenly will, we can sense His presence all the time.
5. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
The secret place of His tent is really heaven, and we only seem to get there by passing through death, and it is in heaven that we have true peace and comfort.
We also need to remember that God created the animals with souls and spirits just as He did with us, and God gave us the power to end their pain and suffering for their enemy is encamped all around them, and we are doing a very poor joy of doing this as a church or a society, so God gives them His peace in heaven; considering our worldly behavior, do we really think we deserve anything “better” than the animals?
Our challenge is to recognize that our society is responsible for evil animal treatment, and if we have the power to protect the animals from this treatment, beginning with our forks, then why haven’t most believers done more to end their pain and suffering?
6. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me;
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
7. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8. When Thou didst say, "Seek My face," my heart said to Thee,
"Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek."
9. Do not hide Thy face from me,
Do not turn Thy servant away in anger;
Thou hast been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!
As we look at Isaiah 10:1-4 let’s weave into these verses the fact that the world is full of evil animal treatment, and our responsibility is to end this cruelty…
1. Woe to those who enact evil statutes,
And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
We know that animals want to live as much as we do, and that they also feel pain and suffer just as we do, yet at the same time our political leaders have enacted laws that give the animal agriculture industries the right to do almost anything to so called “food animals” that is considered standard practice in the industry.
These are evil statutes, and for the most part our legal system upholds these laws even when they know that they are unjust to the animals and to those who care about them.
And to make things even worse, they have passed some laws that punish those who expose the truth about the torturous treatment that the animals are exposed to every day.
These are the evil and unjust things that the prophet is speaking about, and all of these things are part of this corrupt and evil world, and very far from God’s heavenly will.
2. So as to deprive the needy of justice,
And rob the poor of My people of their rights,
In order that widows may be their spoil,
And that they may plunder the orphans.
If we just look at the first line of this verse, the billions of animals who are trapped in the animal agriculture industry are definitely deprived and are in need of justice, and the vast majority of the people only turn a blind eye toward them and seem indifferent to their pain and suffering.
As we go on in this verse, we strongly believe that God created the animals to also be His people, and He gave us the responsibility to protect them from the evil animal treatment that is so prevalent today, thus they have robbed these animals of their God given rights.
And mostly they kill the babies and turn five-year-old mother cows into ground beef flesh for the fast food industry.
Harrod murdered hundreds of human babies in his failed attempt to kill the baby Jesus, and what is happening in the animal agriculture industry is really no different.
3. Now what will you do in the day of punishment,
And in the devastation which will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your wealth?
The odd thing is that many of the people we are talking about are in our houses of worship and distort the Bible to try to justify their own evil behavior, and in the process lead others astray.
And these people cannot hide their evil ways from God to whom they are accountable, for God is always present and sees the intent of the heart.
4. Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives
Or fall among the slain.
In spite of all this His anger does not turn away,
And His hand is still stretched out.
Evil animal treatment continues, but it does not go unnoticed by the Lord, and we also believe that those who know the truth and keep silent will also be accountable to God for their inaction.
We are not to be like the world.
We are to be the peacemaking children of God who live in His heavenly will and do everything in our power to free creation from its present corruption.
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