One day children were in a Sunday school, Peter, Andrew, and Mary were in a class and as they looked through the window they saw men with their dogs throwing stones at the monkeys; Peter Asked the teacher “Why do they kill an innocent creature God has created, the teacher replied “it’s because it has been eating the corns” Andrew replied, “But they are hungry, what will they eat?”
Mary said “They don’t have factories and shops luck us, God Said, we should not kill”
The teacher replied, “But snakes bite and kill us”
Peter replied “There is a difference between a snake and a serpent, A serpent is a devil and a snake is a wild animal” So the students went to see the Pastor for more answers.
The Pastor Replied, there is a difference between a snake and a serpent, now let us see what the bible tells us about wildlife”
We as human beings we live in a world that was created by the almighty God. We were created so that we manage the world that we live in. In |Genesis 1: 1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. According to the above scripture, the God of heaven is the one who created heaven and the earth, therefore, he is the one who owns the earth and everything that lives on land. Man does not own anything on Land. He is a steward of what belongs to God. Therefore all domestic and wildlife animals belong to God of heaven and earth because he is the one who created them because of his own glory. The animals and wildlife animals that we have on the land belong to the God of heaven and earth. Now let us look at how God created these animals.
Mary ” What animals did God Create at first?
Pastor “The first creatures which God created on earth are the living creatures in the sea and the birds of the air.
And God said Genesis 1:20 “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
In this biblical presage, it is clear that God of heaven and earth is the one who created all the living creatures in the sky and water. , God Said in his word that what he created was Good, all the birds of the air, this includes the domestic birds and domestic chickens were all created by God and were good according to him. Even if a bird might look ugly in our eyes but according to our God, the bird or animal is good according to our God. Imagine the vulture, looks very ugly but plays a very important role in the ecosystem, it is because it feeds on the remains of dead animals, without the vultures the national parks like the Masai Mara game reserve would look very dirty and with bad smell. Hyenas and foxes, feed on the remains of the big five wildlife animals like the elephants when they die naturally in national parks like Tsavo East National Park, in the marine parks you will find the dolphins they are very beautiful and very friendly animals that we have in Kenyan parks. After God had created the creatures in water and birds of the air, he went and created other creatures that live on land. The animals that live with us at homes like cows, sheep, and goats are domestic animals because they can easily adapt to live with us at home however there are wild animals that God created them to live in the wild.
4 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Many people hate wild animals because they think that wild animals only come to destroy our crops or kill our domestic animals, all animals have a very important role. For example, the elephant may take a large amount of water but the elephants play an important role in the ecosystem, they help in seed dispersion because only 40 percent of what they eat is digested. Wild animals help many people in Africa who could be jobless have decent jobs for example tour drivers, game rangers, hotels, and cultural dancers. We have also seen wild animals bringing people together, We have seen people travelling to for wildlife only to find new friends, even getting married. So wild animals are Good for the locals.
Andrew “Are those in the travelling business and hotels affected during the covid 19 pandemics?
Pastor “Yes, many of them have been affected by the coronavirus, because hotels are not operating and many people are not moving from one place to another. Let’s continue
If we look at this scripture, we find that we should not even hate animals like snakes even if they may be harmful because God said that they are good, God created man to have dominion, this does not mean that we should kill them, he simply means we should manage the animals, that was the reason God created man in His own image so that he has dominion. If you l look at these scriptures vividly you will find that God created man in his own image, this means a man should be very creative in conserving the wildlife and environment.
The man was created to rule, the meaning of the word rule is to govern, or control. So we as human beings are expected to rule or govern the wild animals, domestic animals, and all animals that move along, this means that we as human beings have a responsibility to love creatures, in the sky, on water, and on land.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Mary “Is there a place where God told the man to conserve wildlife “?
Pastor ” After the man had sinned God wanted to wipe all people away from the land, He found only one man who was righteous in his eyes. Noah was told to conserve animals, he was instructed to build the ark. He was obedient, he builds the ark and he entered with animals in the ark.
Andrew “Where can we go for a picnic where we can see wild animals”
Teacher” We will book for a tour or a game drive in Tsavo East National Park where we will see all the big five animals and others.