Interesting find in my morning reading. I have just started in the book of Ecclesiastes, which is attributed to King Solomon in his old age. Interesting for me to learn that more recently the book that I grew up learning as Song of Solomon is now referred to as the book of Wisdom in some denominations. Hmmmm
Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 New Revised Standard Version
18. I said in my heart in regard to human beings that God is testing them to show that they are but animals.
19. For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. (A theme used heavily in the first two chapters.)
20. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.
21. Who knows whether the human spirit goes upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth? (Some would argue that animals have no spirit. Then what is that light in their eyes?)
22. So I saw that there is nothing better that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them?
Interesting thoughts in this passage. Certainly a passage worth considering when thinking about treating our animals in a more humane way. And I am by no means preaching to be vegan in this post. I am speaking of feeding and caring for all of our animals, large and small. They are all part of God’s creation and as such deserve consideration.
That is all, take care and have a blessed Thanksgiving week.