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HIS: Horses in Scripture

Updated on May 20, 2014

Getting it right for God

PORTENTOUS WARNING: If you're one of those folks that cannot stand those [insert eyeroll here] "Bible Thumpin' Christians", you may wish to find a different place to be, lest you find yourself accidentally beaned (well okay, it might be on purpose :o) I only thought it fair to tell you right up front, 'cause you just never know...

Perhaps I should state for the record that I do not believe in either luck or coincidence. They are, of course, marvelous concepts, (especially when it comes to winning lottery tickets) but you just can't hang on to them if you're going to believe in God the whole 100%. If you believe [as I do] in the Divine Providence of God, then there simply isn't room for luck or coincidence in the equation (and it sure did take me an awfully long time to figure that out).

Why did I create this lens? Well, I suppose you might say I had a "revelation" of my own one Sunday morning. I was talking to some friends at church about how often horses (my favorite subject) were mentioned throughout scripture and it suddenly dawned on me how important horses actually were in the bible. Not only are they used to bring about the end of time as we know it via the Four Horsemen, but Jesus himself returns to Earth on the back of a white horse! I could not wait to get home and investigate the idea a little further...

My tally of animals straight out of the Concordance - From the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible [Zondervan]

When you stop to consider the symbolism (that "lamb" is also used to represent Jesus, "sheep" to represent His followers and not the actual animals), and "snake/serpent" represents evil the numbers are even more interesting!

A personal note on Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to finally stop playing at being a Christian and get serious about it. Interestingly enough, it was not too long after I finally put my motivation where my mind was (so to speak) that my husband suddenly had enough money to surprise me with a horse at Christmas; something I have dreamed of since the age of 4. The fact is, the man had been trying for over TEN YEARS to save up enough money on the sly and never could quite get there. I decide to straighten up for the Lord, then BOOM the money was there. Luck? Coincidence? I think not :o)

We now have nine such beautiful blessings, three of them are pictured above, (left to right: Bella, Lady and Rina).

The Ultimate Honor - from the book of Esther 6:6, 6:9 NIV Study Bible

..."What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?" ...Have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden...lead him on the horse through the city streets...

Painting: "Triumph of Mordecai"

by Pieter Lastman in 1624

A poetic tribute - from Song of Songs 1:9 NIV Study Bible

I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh...

The Lord Speaks of Horses (my favorite) - from the Book of Job 39:19-25 NIV Study Bible

Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword, The quiver rattles against his side along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, "Aha!" He catches the scent of battle from afar...

Strength and Fury - from the Book of Jeremiah 8:16

The snorting of the enemy's horses is heard from Dan; at the neighing of their stallions the whole land trembles.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse - From the Book of Revelation (NIV Study Bible)

Above artwork [used with permission] by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992. To order prints visit her Revelation Illustrated Site

Revelation 6:2

I looked and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest...

Revelation 6:4

Then another horse came out, a fiery red one! Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other...

Revelation 6:5

I looked and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand...

Revelation 6:8

I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death...

The Return of Jesus - From the Book of Revelation [NIV Study Bible]

When you think about people today and their animals, you generally think in terms of cats and dogs, right? Take a moment, then, to consider how they are viewed in the bible: I don't remember reading anything about cats (except the lion) and Jezebel was quite literally "thrown to the dogs", (considered the ultimate lowly fate).

Not only are horses equated with riches in a King's stable, they are entrusted with apocalyptic tasks and considered worthy enough to bear Jesus upon His return to Earth.

Pretty darn awesome, huh?

Revelation 19:11

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True...

The Left Behind Series

So tell me, are you "One of them scary Christian types?" - I am, I am! :o)

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      I don't consider myself "scary" but influential. Looking forward to riding with Jesus one day. It will be quite an experience.

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      Carol 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Loved this lens and all the gorgeous pics of horses! Yes, I'm a horse lover and a Christian! Glad to meet ya!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh girl, I LOVE this! Horses played a significant part of my younger life, and of course I'm a Christian and not afraid to shout it to the rooftops :) This page deserves so much more than the rank it has, wish I was a squid angel. This page would be my very first visit.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      No, I am not a scary Christian type, but I have deep spiritual beliefs. As such, I respect all religions because we are all on the same journey but following different paths to get there. Great lens. I had never considered horses in the Bible but I can see they do show up a lot.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I don't think anyone would call me "scary" but I really loved this lens. Great choice of images.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I don't think anyone would call me "scary" but I really loved this lens. Great choice of images.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I can hear my husband's voice now! "Horses are magnificent creatures!" Of course, I would agree :) He has always wanted a horse (or 2 or 3...) The problem for us is that I cannot stand the idea of having to stable a horse away from our home. Perhaps, someday will will have a bit of land and a barn. Hopefully, he won't have to wait until he enters paradise to have his horse.

      I love all of the photos and artwork you used in this article!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I am :) This was a very interesting lens subject, obviously combining two of the things you are most passionate about! I liked it.

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It sure is - oops! Thank you for catching that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is Revelation not RevelationS

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      You bet :) I loved your idea for this lens. Taking an animal and find scripture for it: great idea! I never knew there were so many mentions of horses in the Bible.

      Li Li

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loved your comments...Horses are indeed beautiful, loving giants that God has given us to love and learn from. Thank you for bringing them to light as they are seen in God's eyes. How anyone can abuse and torture one of these beautiful creatures is beyond me. I don't know what happened to humanity and empathy. I'm not one of the scary Christian types but I don't believe animals were given to us so we could torture and abuse them. They are God's creatures and deserve our respect just like our neighbor. Love your site.. Keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Absolutely a Christian! Don't think I'm the scary type though. Glad to meet you! This is a great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have stubbled across your link while searching for information on breast cancer patients and horses. I am starting up a pilot program with Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch and Made4Moreministries and now I have some great scripture to integrate into the program thanks to THANKS TO GOD! Love your writing style! We are in the Woodlands, TX, how about you?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this link! Thanks for sharing!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, thanks for sharing!

      Robin :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am, I am!

      I have always been attracted to horses though I've never owned one, perhaps it was something of God calling to my inner being. Very nicely done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes I am and not ashamed to proclaim the name of my Lord Jesus. I have a question about picture you downloaded about Jeus coming back based on Rev 19. I belong to a music group who just finished recording our first CD and would love a copy of that print for our album cover. Our album lead song is based on that scripture. Any idea how we could obtain a legal copy of that print at a reasonable price to use? Thanks, Dennis

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Very cool lens, thanks for sharing

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Really good lens. Love the pictures.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      great lens! I have painted many images from the Bible with animals, especially the Horse...I found other types of animals in the Bible as well..Lion, Ass or Donkey, Ox, Sparrow, Dove, Whale, Fish...a ~"Squidoo Angel Blessing"~

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I had not heard about Jesus returning to earth on a white horse. Interesting lens.

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      meglittlestudio 8 years ago

      I always knew horses were stupendous, though your lens gives them more credit than even I had given them :)

      I'm glad you got a horse for Christmas - now I know it can happen!

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      wraybyrd 8 years ago

      Wow, when you look at it look that - what's not to love about a horse. I have always adored horses so the Lord gave me the next best thing - a friend with horses:)

      I too am learning the beauty of Psalms 37:4. When I stopped trying to follow the crowd and learned to be happy with the ME that He created I began to realize that He had blessed me with sooo many things that I had always loved. The most recent being a small place to garden and play farm girl.

      I love your writing!! Keep up the GREAT work.