Christian Pilgrim


68. Cattle

This is one of the three categories of animals created by God (the others being "beasts" and "creeping things"):

Genesis 1:24 - "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

They are the types of animal which are kept by men, as opposed to being wild:

Genesis 4:20 - "And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle."

Genesis 13:2 - "And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold."

Genesis 30:43 - "And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses."

They are the clean animals for use in sacrifices:

Leviticus 1:2 - "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock."

Acts 10:11-14 - "And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean." (i.e. no cattle, i.e. clean animals)

God takes care of them, but only for our benefit:

Genesis 8:1 - "And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged."

Deuteronomy 7:14 - "Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle."

Deuteronomy 11:15 - "And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full."

Deuteronomy 13:15 - "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword."

Jonah 4:11 - "And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?"