Q: #593. What animals is God compared to in the Bible?
A: I find 9 animals that God / Jesus is compared to in the Bible. Following is a list of these animals, some verses saying this, and why God is compared to that animal.
Lion: (Symbolizing God’s): Strength, Power
(Isa 31:4)(NKJV) “For thus the LORD has spoken to me: “As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice Nor be disturbed by their noise), So the LORD of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.”
(Rev 5:5) “But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.””
(Also see: Hos 5:14, Hos 11:10)
Lamb: (Symbolizing God’s): Gentleness, Meekness, Innocence
(Jn 1:29) “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (Also: Jn 1:36)
(Isa 53:7) “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Also: Acts 8:32)
(Also see: 1 Pet 1:19, Jesus as a Lamb 28 times in Revelation)
Eagle: (Symbolizing God’s): Protection, Power
(Deut 32:11-12) “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: (12) So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”
(Ex 19:4) “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself.”
Bull: (Symbolizing God’s): Strength
(Num 23:22)(NKJV) “God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox.”
(Num 24:8)(NKJV) “”God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones And pierce them with his arrows.”
Bear: (Symbolizing God’s): Power, Fierceness
(Hos 13:8)(NASB) “I will confront them like a bear deprived of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; I will also devour them there like a lioness, As a wild animal would tear them to pieces.”
Hen (mother): (Symbolizing God’s): Protection, Gathering
(Mt 23:37)(NKJV) “”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Also: Lk 13:34)
Moth: (Symbolizing God’s): Consuming Power
(Hos 5:12) “Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.”
(Ps 39:11)(NASB) “”With rebukes You punish a person for wrongdoing; You consume like a moth what is precious to him; Certainly all mankind is mere breath! Selah”
Leopard: (Symbolizing God’s): Readiness to take action
(Hos 13:7)(NASB) “So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside.”
Bird (implied): (Symbolizing God’s): Protection
(Ps 91:4) “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
(Ps 57:1) “… Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”
(Also see: Ruth 2:12, Ps 17:8)
Depending on your viewpoint, we might also have an example in (Mt 3:16)(Mk 1:10)(Jn 1:32), with “the Spirit of God descending like a dove.” However, (Lk 3:22) says, “the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove.” So, did the Holy Spirit come as an “actual” dove, or was His coming “compared” to coming like a dove? The dove symbolizes God’s peace, gentleness, purity.
If you find any I missed, comment below, and I might add them!