Proverbs

Proverbs 12:10 God Cares About All His Creatures.

“A righteous man regards the life of his animal.” (v. 10a) One can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat their animals. The righteous are those who heed God’s law with respect to one’s animals. The law states, “Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” (Dt. 25:4) Paul saw in this law a sure basis for a paid ministry of the word (I Cor. 9:9-11; I Tim. 5:17-18). If one does not care for their ox, they certainly will not care for the minister of the word, especially when that word condemns such maltreatment of man and beast. Those who reject God’s law with respect to their animals are like Balaam striking his donkey for having more sense than him (Nu. 22:22-34). One’s animals were also to enjoy the Sabbath rest (Ex. 20:10; Dt. 5:14). By contrast, even “the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (v. 10b)

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