All this month we will be taking a closer look at some of the animals in the bible. From whales to bears, we will learn some interesting and important facts about these animals.
Last week I spent a few nights, with my son, at Cade's Cove. We tent camped, and hiked to Abram's Falls. Considering the theme for this month, it was very fitting. I saw deer, a tufted titmouse landed right next to me at camp, there were wild turkey, and a bear! It wasn't like the bear just came into camp, that was the deer. We were seeking her out. It was evening, and we heard where they liked to hang out in the cove. We simply went to those spots and eventually saw one about 100 yards away. My sister took the picture, and I asked to share it with y'all.
The Middle Eastern Bear, historically.
The Syrian brown bear is vulnerable on the endangered scale in most places in the middle east. It is extinct in Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. It prefers higher elevation, where there is tree cover and caves.
It is believed these bears are descendants of the European brown bear.
Bears are only mentioned, in some form, 12 times in the bible. I say "in some form" because I added Job talking about the bear constellation in the list.
There are two bear Proverbs:
Safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than fools in their folly.
A wicked ruler over the poor
is like a growling lion or a prowling bear.
Dangerous Bears in the Bible:
The Mother Bear:
There is something distinctive about the mother bear. It is intentionally brought up in scripture.
Come back on Sunday for a message on Elisha and the Bears!