Interesting Facts about Bible Animals, Birds and Fish

Some incredible stories about animals, birds and fish can be found in the Bible. Here are ten mind-boggling actions by these creatures which cause us to consider that they, like human beings, participate in the conflict between good and evil.

(1) The Serpent Spoke

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Now the serpent . . . said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3: 1)

That devil seduced Eve, the first woman, to question God’s instruction for life, and to disobey Him.

It is mind-boggling that evil made an appearance within the previously sinless setting in the Garden of Eden.

We now know that suggestions from a talking serpent are not in our interest.

(2) The Dove Reported the Weather

Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. (Genesis 8: 11)

Noah waited in the ark on Mount Ararat while he sent the raven and the dove to find out if the the waters from the forty-day flood had dried up. The raven probably feasted on floating dead bodies and never returned. The dove came back with proof that the water was not low enough for them to land.

The next week, Noah sent out the dove again, and it brought back proof that the trees were now above the water.

What if all reporters had to go see before they make a report?

(3) The Donkey Complained

'Balaam and the Ass" by Pieter Lastman
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Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” (Numbers 22: 28)

Balaam was going on a trip to curse the Israelites, which God initially advised him against.

God intervened by sending an angel which was invisible to Balaam, but not to the donkey he was riding. The donkey turned into a field and Balaam whipped it. The animal slammed itself into a wall, bruising Balaam’s foot and he whipped it. It fell to the ground and Balaam whipped it even more. That’s when the donkey complained.

The asses that God uses asses to scold us may not always talk in plain language.

(4) The Ravens Served Food

The ravens brought him (Elijah) bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:6)

Really? Unclean, flesh-eating birds serving meat that they neglected to eat?

Fearing for his life, Elijah was hiding by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan River. He could drink from the brook, but there was nothing to eat.

The raven, a black bird, symbolizing different kinds of evil omens in various cultures, performed an incredible good deed for Elijah.

(5) The Fish Rescued a Man

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. . . So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:1, 11)

Jonah was sailing to Tarshish instead of Niniveh where God sent him. When a storm arose, the sailors cast lots to decide who should be thrown overboard to lighten the weight. The lot fell on Jonah.

The fish swallowed him, then after three days, vomited him alive.

James Bartley (1856-1902) referred to as a modern Jonah, was swallowed by a whale in a whaling expedition off the Falkland Islands. He was cut out of its stomach after fifteen hours, with skin burns from the gastric juices.

There are no reports of skin burns or any other injury to Jonah.

(6) The Lion Kept Its Mouth Shut

So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. . . Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me. (Daniel 6: 16, 21, 22)

The king, against his will, decreed a night in the lion’s den for Daniel. It was punishment for praying to the true God, instead of the Babylonian images. The king was not sure that Daniel would survive, so the next morning he came to see. Daniel said that the angel shut the lion’s mouth.

No one thinks of a lion keeping his mouth shut, when there is a man in his den.

(7) The Fish Supplied Tax Money

Go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” (Matthew 17: 27)

The tax collectors asked Peter whether Jesus paid his share of taxes for the upkeep of the temple. The required payment was a didrachma—an ancient Greek silver coin worth two drachmas.

Jesus agreed to pay to prevent embarrassment. He gave Peter instructions on how to find the amount they needed.

It just so happened that Peter’s hook caught the fish that had in its mouth, a stater—a coin worth twice the amount of a didrachma. Incredible!

(8) The Rooster Followed a Cue

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Jesus said to him [Peter] “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”. . Then he began to curse . . . Immediately a rooster crowed. (Matthew 26: 34, 75)

Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him, despite the fact that Peter had just pledged his loyalty. Jesus advised him not to be too sure of himself.

Finally, Peter denied Jesus and the rooster testified.

(9) The Swine Took a Dive

Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. (Mark 5: 13)

The demons that Jesus exorcised from one man were enough to possess a herd of about two thousand swine.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary states that if these unclean swine belonged to the Jews, they represented an illegal trade; if they were owned by the heathen, they were an insult to the national religion.

Yet, they proved useful in the interest of everyone. The world suddenly got better the day the swine took that dive into the sea.

(10) The Young Donkey Transported the Savior

How many of these incidents are familiar to you?

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Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. (Mark 11:7)

For the most part, Jesus conducted his ministry on foot. Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary points out that by riding on the donkey, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah:

Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

Both Zechariah and Matthew mentioned the donkey and the colt. The consensus is that Jesus first sat on the mother animal, but eventually rode into Jerusalem on the young, unblemished colt.

Other animals have been transportation for earthly monarchs, but this donkey and colt had the one-of-a-kind privilege to carry the Savior King.

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version.

© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a unique article this was, and a fun one to read. It's nice to read an original idea from time to time. Well done Dora!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, thank you for a very kind comment. So glad you liked it.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Loved this piece, MsDora! Yes, it is amazing of the actions of certain animals of the Bible. I am familiar with them all, but had forgotten some of them, and so I did enjoy reading about them once again. Great topic for a hub.

Up and more and sharing.

God bless,

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Faith. A reminder for me too; the more often the better.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

How many lessons you have here! One of the best ones I think is worrying about our needs when even a fish can have money in its mouth for us! I really enjoyed this MsDora. Thank you. ^

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, Amen to your observation. Thank you for your input.

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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

A wonderful hub, reconfirming some of the Bible's lessons in a fun and interesting way, through the birds, animals, and fish. I enjoyed the read and great illustrations.

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Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub. Interesting perspective.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mind-Boggling Actions by Ten Bible Animals, Birds and Fish is an interesting and informative hub with such lovely photos and lots to think about.

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graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

Ms Dora, aside from the talking sake and the talking donkey I have never really given the others much thought. But now that you mentioned the others it does seem to bring to light the roles other animals played in the bible and the effect in the events they were in. It just makes you wonder how different events would have turned out without them.

Great Hub and thanks for sharing it with us.

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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi MsDora,

This is another one of those "I never thought about" hubs. Good stuff here! And as Jackie says, "How many lessons you have here!" You covered so much ground in a very readable, informative way. Thanks!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jodah,glad you enjoyed it. There's a lot of fum and humor in these Bible stories, and yet on a deeper level, you can find inspiration for your faith.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Carola, thank you for your comment. I appreciate you!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, thank you for your continual support.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Graceinus, glad to bring the other stories to your attention. They also reveal God's Omnipotence.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lifegate, thank you. It is also mind-boggling how and when the Spirit Muse selects a topic for us that was always there.

Samazi 3 years ago

A brilliant piece.Enjoyed reading it.

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word55 3 years ago from Chicago

Hello MsDora, This was remarkable. You are surely doing your part in spreading the beautiful gospel. You are a Bible scholar. God is using you in a huge way. I appreciate your teachings. Be most, blessed.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Samazi. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hellow word55. Glad you enjoyed the read. I do love Bible Study, and find may interesting Bible topics to write about.

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Verily Prime 3 years ago from New York

Thanks for showing the Sovereignty of the Lord over all his creation - I have tried to tell the Young in my church, especially the lads, how great a read the Bible is and better than anything you will find in a given comic book, and, moreover, all those happenings with the animals you have displayed in your article are all true... who is like our LORD!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Verily Prime, I hear you. It is not unusual for young people to consider the Bible boring. The adults can probably help by putting more effort into interesting presentations. Thank you for your input.

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Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

I love this hub, MsDora! When I read the title, I immediately thought of the talking donkey, but you brought out 9 others who were equally as important in God's plans. Very inspiring hub and I really enjoyed it.

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ignugent17 3 years ago

Very interesting hub. I really enjoyed reading it. It is really amazing to read these things about the animals in the bible.

Thanks for sharing . :-)

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sheilamyers 3 years ago

These stories all combine my love of Scripture and my love for animals. My favorite story is the talking donkey. I love the unique way you presented these stories.

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

What a fascinating read MsDora! I never knew about the guy who got eaten by a whale, not the one in the Bible but the other one, wow! this was really different and a great read!

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I especially liked your thought provoking statements at the end of each example. Case in point: "God probably still uses asses to scold us, but they may not always talk in plain language." Now that'll get a person thinking!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Ann. That donkey does stand out in our memory. Glad you enjoyed the other nine.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ignugent, the Bible has quite a few interesting stories. I'm so glad I shared these. Thanks for your comment.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, happy to satisfy both your love of Bible and your love of animals. Thank you for your kind comment.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Oh yes, Nell. There was a modern day Jonah but neither he nor his whale lasted as long as their counterparts in the Bible. His story is very interesting too: the whale died after eating the man, and his companions without knowing where the man was, cut open the whale to obtain the fat.

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grand old lady 3 years ago from Philippines

I love this hub:). Didn't realize that so many animals played pivotal roles in the Bible. God loves animals. I think it would be nice to try ridiing a donkey one day, just like Jesus did:).

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Fourish, your comment encourages me. I tried not to get preachy, but the statement makes people think, that's good. Thank you.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Grand Old Lady, not a bad idea. It made me smile. Thank you for commenting.

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You wrote this so skilfully, it was a joy to read, and the length was just right, too. They are stories that many of us know, but to put them together like this and with comments to make us think and a great choice of images all go to make your hub a real gem. God bless you for using your talent in this way.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Blossom, what kind comments! Thank you very much. You're a great encouragement.

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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello, MsDora ; Preaching excellent! You have supremely let the whole world know, the Creators sovereignty over his creation, communicating His purposes precisely , using the supernatural way of continuity leading the course of mankind' history to His glorious authoritative accomplishment . Presentation of your unvavering FAITH in the WORD strengthenes belief of believing and has powerful influence on undecided to make right choice on their journey toward eternal destination.

Voted up,awesome,beautiful,useful.

May God bless and protect you always.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, I hope that my readers read your comment. You have said as much, or maybe more, to present God's Omnipotence. Thank you.

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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Omnipotent !- thats the proper characterization of The God. - Thank you MsDora for bringing it to my attention, I love the Omnipotent, I'm going to use it every given opportunity to make everyone comfortable in the universal, unlimited power and authority of the One who wants every believer to call Him the Father, Heavenly Father it is.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow, MsDora, this was fun and entertaining mind boggling..okay, but it was truly a joy to read :) Frank

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jamesmaina250 3 years ago from Kenya

Very interesting. Thanks

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jamesmaina250 3 years ago from Kenya

Thanks...a lot of good information

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thank you for your encouragement. Glad to write something which is a joy to read.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

James, glad to meet you on HubPages. I appreciate your comments.

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Colleen Swan 3 years ago from County Durham

Lovely way to bring bible stories together. Enjoyable to read and nice pictures.

God is so great that He communicates greatness to the least thing that is done for His service. John Wesley

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Colleen, thank you for your kind comment and especially for that powerful Wesley quote.

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jamesmaina250 3 years ago from Kenya

Thanks MsDora..Looking to read more of your interesting articles.thanks!

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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

What a great way of organizing these stories, MsDora. I could see this as a teaching device for youngsters. Good work!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Ron. Your comment is very encouraging.

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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This was interesting as well as informative to read, for someone who does not know much about the Bible stories.

Thanks Dora.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, they gave me some delight in putting them together. Thank you for your kind comment.

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