TRAITS OF
ANIMALS IN BIBLE

Proverbs 30:29-31 fr "that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:

  1. a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; 
  2. a strutting rooster, 
  3. a he-goat, and 
  4. a king with his army around him." The 

Sheep - Personality and Characteristics

Soft-Hearted, upright, elegant

Sheep is a meek animal. They are usually very quiet and gentle, holding themselves aloof from the world.

In a herd, all the sheep tend to listen to their leaders and show esteem to them.

Because of the obedient character, sheep are among the most popular animals beloved by mankind.

Ram exhibits an overall slightly ascending trend, which implies they will finally achieve success late in life. However, if they can come across brilliant leaders or people who appreciate their talents, they will distinguish themselves when young. 

Strengths

Hardworking, persistent, thrift With low profile,

  1. Sheep are very mild, diligent, and practical. They don’t care about what others judge and just do the things they deem right. They show filial obedience to their parents.
  2.  They are reliable partners to cooperate with, as they are considerate and prudent. They do not squander money on flashy or unpractical articles and have the habit of saving money. They are not very tall and strong, but are very persistent.
  3.  Once they obtain the favor of their leaders, their genius will be presented to the highest degree. 

Weaknesses

Indecisive, timid, vain To some extent, they are pessimists.

Sometimes, they simply do things with the guidance of destiny. They love to be attended and flattered. The compliments from their friends and partners may please them a lot. When it comes to love, they are shy and dare not express their feelings to the people they have a crush on. However, if they want to give up the negative personality traits, those shortcomings can be totally overcome as long as they have the strong will. 

Career Creative, brilliant tastes in art They present an elegant manner and impartial characteristic and are capable of doing any work. Endowed with creativity and the talent for art, they have admirable tastes in music. If they can control themselves and not get too addicted to music, they will surely stand out from the others in art industry. They also possess prominent gifts for health care professions and charitable causes. However, do not like to work by themselves. They will get better achievements when cooperating with others.  Best Jobs for Sheepartist, writer, advertising personnel, philosopher, dancer, entertainer, teacher 

 Love and RelationshipsPassive, irresponsible, romantic People Sheep are a little bit shy and tender, and they like to depend on others, so they are in a passive position when dating with others. Due to their lack of will-power, they are not very responsible and are open to temptations. They long for romance and focus on spiritual enjoyment. Sheep are very attractive, but sort of fragile. If they get rejected by their lovers, they may be destroyed immediately.

Health Sensitive to unclean food and air, pay attention to

FOODS, they are picky-eaters. When they are extremely happy or depressed, they do not eat regularly, which is harmful to health. They are sensitive to unclean food and air. Their health condition is readily affected by changes in weather, so they are susceptible to colds. They should pay attention to heart disease and avoid doing intense activities especially after the middle age. \

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The true love of God is seen in the sheep.

As the sheep respond to their brother's need, they are united in their distress and at the same time unwittingly, unconsciously, without hypocrisy, align themselves with Christ.

Apparently, they are not even aware of what they were doing. This is a kind of love that cannot be faked or put on. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).

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God created Sheep the most defenseless of animals

Most animals have a special way to defend themselves. A snake, dog, lion, they all have a defense mechanism, but sheep are the only animals on Earth that can’t defend themselves, they are totally vulnerable, they are at the end of the food chain.

  1. They can’t defend themselves, because 
  2. they don’t possess any fighting skills.

This is very interesting because we begin to discover that we are entirely dependent on our Pastor, totally dependent on Jesus. When the Bible says that He gave His life for His sheep, it is because, if someone did not do this, all the sheep would be lost, because they can’t defend themselves.

It would be very good if we possessed this characteristic, because we always want to defend ourselves, we always want our own righteousness to prevail; we always think we are right, and we fight for it to the end. This happens to all of us.

We often act more like snakes than sheep, if someone stomps on us we want to bite, or sometimes we even do, but the Bible says that He is the one who defends us, who protects us.

We can’t lose this characteristic. We are sheep and not snakes.

The Bible says that we should cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us. When we defend ourselves, we are saying to Jesus:

  1. I do not need You, 
  2. Your defense is useless to me,
  3. Your decisions regarding my problems are not the best, 
  4. You do not know what is best for me!

Second – Sheep produce continually. Since birth, sheep produce wool. The more the wool is shaved off, the more it produces. It never stops; it doesn’t need someone to tell it to produce wool because it happens naturally. It does not need new techniques, it simply produces. Its production does not stop for any reason, it does not depend on anything, it is always producing, it always gives fruit. In other words, they understand the principle of giving fruits, winning souls, talking about Jesus, living with Jesus, having an initiative, not standing still, not waiting for things to happen, making things happen.

Your gifts and talents are not for yourself, they are to serve God and others. Whoever thinks he owns his talents is deeply mistaken. Everything that God has given you is to bring forth more lives, it is to build up the body of Christ.

Third – Sheep are picky eaters, they do not eat junk food.

Do you know what goats are referred to in rural areas?

  1. They are known as garbage collectors , 
  2. because they eat everything in front of them. 
  3. Everything seems to be appetizing to them. 
  4. They eat cans, plastic, anything.

Sheep eat grass, and the grass needs to be fresh, and of good quality. Sheep do not eat garbage, or look for different types of food. Even when they come across something new, they do not try to see what it is, because they don’t know where it came from, or who made it, or if it will be bad for them.

Like sheep, God always has something new and fresh for you, but there is only one source, the Word. A wellspring cannot be a source of both dirty and clean water. The Word only produces clean water.

Fourth – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. This is the most important characteristic of a sheep: Listening to the Voice of the Lord.

I was in Africa and saw a big lake where many animals stopped to drink water. Suddenly a shepherd arrived with about two hundred sheep and they began to drink, and then another shepherd came, and my friend thought, “Oh my God, how are they going to know which are sheep belong to which shepherd?” Then one more shepherd arrived with more sheep. He noticed that the shepherds were talking to each other while the sheep drank.

A little while later, each shepherd left, and the sheep listened when their shepherd called them. Each flock followed their shepherd, without getting mixed up.

We often hear God’s voice, but we do not follow Him. God is screaming in our ears: do this, go there, come here. However, we do not follow, therefore there is no use in simply hearing. Many people say they are waiting for God to speak to me, and God is already speaking, He is using this word, He is using the Pastor of the Church, He is using a brother in the faith, but he does not take action because he is listening to the Voice of God, but he is not understanding, so he does not follow Him.

We need to be known by Him, to be a part of His flock. He knows us, knows all our characteristics, and it is often necessary to take certain actions for our own good.

You must follow, not only listen, but know and follow. A child of God is not confused, he knows and discerns His voice. The Word says that those who are spiritual discern everything well and are not fooled by anyone.

This last characteristic: He knew would be difficult for us, He knew that He would have to make a sacrifice so we can truly understand what He wanted from us.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. Isaiah 53.7

Sheep are the only animals that do not make noise when they die, they do not complain when they need to be sacrificed, they do not complain about the circumstances, they do not get angry and they do not try to escape.


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SHEEP KNOW 


the words in (John 10:3) I asked my man if it was usual in Greece to give names to the sheep. He informed me that it was, and that the sheep obeyed the shepherd when he called them by their names. This morning I had an opportunity of verifying the truth of this remark.

Passing by a flock of sheep I asked the shepherd the same question which I had put to the servant, and he gave me the same answer. I then had him call one of his sheep. He did so, and it instantly left its pasturage and its companions and ran up to the hands of the shepherd with signs of pleasure and with a prompt obedience which I had never before observed in any other animal. It is also true in this country that a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him.

The shepherd told me that many of his sheep were still wild, that they had not yet learned their names, but that by teaching them they would all learn them."

As the sheep is an emblem of meekness, patience and submission, it is expressly mentioned as typifying these qualities in the person of our blessed Lord.

  1. (Isaiah 53:7
  2. Acts 8:32


goats

Goats are capricious. They are impulsive and unpredictable, devious and contrary.

If they are not poking their heads through fences, they may be standing on their hind legs, stretching for those tender leaves just out of reach.

Goats are never content with what they have.

They are experts in opening gates and squeezing through small gaps because they hate to be confined.

Fences that will handle sheep, cattle, and horses will not hold goats. They will work tirelessly to spring themselves from any situation they deem inhibiting.

Consequently, goats are not very good followers.

"Gregarious behavior" is a term that refers to the flocking or herding instinct which is found strongly in sheep, cattle, and horses.

Again, this quality is rather weak in goats; they prefer leading or going off on their own. Meat packers use this instinct in sheep and goats to their advantage. They will train an old goat, appropriately called a "Judas," to lead sheep to the pens for slaughter.

A well-trained Judas will lead group after group of sheep to the slaughter all day long.

A Few Anecdotes

Goats are stubborn. A friend once tried to move a goat in a certain direction. He grabbed it by the horns and pushed and pulled and tugged. No matter how or in what direction he tried to move the goat, it resisted. He could not budge it one inch.

Then, when he let go, it just trotted off—in the direction the goat wanted to go in!

Another friend grew up on a farm and has a long experience with goats. As a youth he and his brother and sister more or less turned some goats into pets. Once, after the big noon meal, his mother took the kids down the road to their grandfather's house. Knowing they would not be gone very long, his mother decided not to clear the table. When they returned home, though, they found the biggest of the goats standing right in the middle of the table, amidst all the dishes and leftovers.

The screen door had been no match for Billy!

One night before they had electricity installed in their house, his mother picked up a lamp and went to a back bedroom. Moments later the family heard her screaming, "Someone's in there!"

Grabbing his gun, his father went to confront the intruder. Instead of a burglar, he found the same goat in the bed—under the covers!—with only his eyes peering out! Goats are intelligent and playful but impulsive, unpredictable, and devious.

By now, a goat's characteristics should be clear.

They are not evil, but some of their traits could be deadly—spiritually—if found in a Christian.

What would we call a Christian who is unpredictable? A goat! Or one who thinks he is above it all? A goat!

Or one who independently does his own thing? A goat!

What would we call a Christian who wants to take over, has trouble functioning in a group, and does not want to be led? A goat!

A Warning to Leaders

In chapter 3 of his epistle, the apostle James has some interesting advice for those among us who would be leaders. He cautions them about the higher standard God would hold them to.

Then he writes:

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. (James 3:13-14)

It seems as if he is describing sheep in verse 13 and goats in verse 14.

In Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 660, the commentator writes regarding these verses:

This passage seems to be aimed at certain loquacious teachers, who, bigoted over some pet doctrine, with little personal affection for Christ, and ambitious to be considered brilliant in argument, were producing only jealousy and faction.

Goats in a congregation tend to divide it, leading the sheep astray.

Many of us probably have goat-like characteristics. Some good, some bad. Most of us know these things about ourselves, and we try hard not to admit them. But now that we understand the biblical metaphor about goats, and what Christ says their ultimate end will be, we can look on this side of ourselves in a more urgent light.

A Christian cannot stand still, yet not all movement is proper growth. A Christian's life must move in the right direction, along the path that leads to the Kingdom of God. We do not want to be sidetracked, to follow a road of our own choosing, on a whim or out of stubbornness or independence.

A sheep follows its Shepherd, peacefully moving forward with the flock. He is content to be led because he has faith in Him. A sheep responds to his Shepherd's voice and goes where He directs.

A goat follows only its own lead, creating disunity when he comes in contact with others in the flock. Because of his independent nature, he often finds himself in contention with the Shepherd for leadership of the flock, leading some astray.

A goat often eats things sheep would avoid because they have no value and cause sickness.

These are serious spiritual characteristics. Which are you, a sheep or a goat?