When Cattle Doesn’t Mean a Cow

If one looks up the word ‘cattle’ in the Strong’s they will find that many Hebrew words are translated into the English word cattle depending on the context. One word for cattle is miqneh which means acquired livestock. Another word rendered cattle in English is baqar, which is the most likely animal that really is a member of the bovine family. But the very first time the English word cattle appears, it is neither of these Hebrew words. In Genesis 1:24 God says, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle…” This word is behemoth! God correctly informed Job that He had indeed made behemoth on the same day that he made the first man!

A little more research shows that there is a plural or grouping word for many behemoth in a group. That word is behema {Strong’s 929} and it is rendered beast or beasts in English. There are almost 200 uses of either behemoth or behema in the Old Testament and 100 of those uses are by Moses in the Pentatuach; many of those uses indicate that God is the one talking. All the major prophets use these words. People are shown to have domesticated them and used them for food. Nehemiah was riding on a behema when he inspected the ruins of Jerusalem! The Egyptians had domesticated behema as well – maybe that was how they built the pyramids? I bet you could haul those big bricks anywhere you wanted with a team of six brachiosaurs hitched to it!

Christians need not be afraid of these wonderful creatures that God made along with man. For far too long the evolutionists have told us that these creatures were the best proof that the Bible could not be true. Christians for more than a hundred years have hung their head in dismay. God has now let the truth be known – man and dinosaurs lived together and God created both. The answers were in the Bible all along – God just chose this time in history to let the truth be known. Once again, God triumphs over the theories of fallible men!

We want to thank Glenn Wilson for the Article and Jim Pinkoski for the illustration.

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