The Bible in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: Talking Animals
Now I realise that this passage is from The Magician's Nephew and not The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but go with me. Even though, chronologically, The Magician's Nephew is the first in the Series, Lion was the first Narnian Chronicle published. This is our first introduction to these lovely (most) talking animals. And how wonderful! Some think as Susan Pevensie did (in the movie),
But if their Creator created them with the ability, who are we to disbelieve it? And on that note, I’m going to make a very potentially astounding statement: animals, in their original state, could talk! Travel with me to the Book of Genesis if you will.
Now stop right there. After the serpent spoke, Eve didn’t freak out. She didn’t run away. She even didn’t call to Adam--wherever he was--for help. She simply continued the conversation. Any other time in Scripture a person is caught off guard or startled by someone talking to them, the Text shows it.
We also see a quick glimpse of talking animals in the second Book of the Bible.
What an interesting discourse--with a DONKEY!! Now I will not be so foolish as to state that animals talk today (in our world) although, if the Angel of the Lord opened the she-donkey’s mouth for Balaam’s sake, then the Lord can certainly do it again for ours! But as aforementioned, I do believe that animals could talk in the Garden of Eden. And as humanity fell from grace, so the animals lost their ability to talk in a way humans could understand as a result of sin. And by this logic, animals will be able to talk again in the New Heaven and New Earth! How terribly exciting!
But let’s really think about it: if animals that are violent in our fallen world were not violent in Eden, then wouldn’t it follow that they had other natural attributes lost in the Fall as well?
Or we could examine Adam. The description of Eden the Bible provides us with is so much more than a simple Garden. I don’t know about you, but I’ve NEVER seen or heard tell of a garden so large it contained not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR rivers flowing through it!
Talk about Garden! That’s a land! Now after that description, we see this:
And we also have Adam’s God-commissioned mandate:
Now you tell me, how is Adam supposed to manage this unbelievably massive Garden? I know we’re not discussing Adam’s pre-Fall god-like powers (and really, they’re not god-like, they’re simply the powers man was endowed with before the Fall, much of which was reduced when the percentages of our brain that we can actually access was reduced); however, our discussion of the animals’ pre-Fall condition does intersect with Adam’s. Perhaps Adam could fly, walk on water, who knows? And equally, I believe, Adam could communicate with the animals. And I don’t mean monkey sign language or other exercises learned by rote. I mean really truly talk.
Like a military commander or CEO, he gathers his groups together, sees about them, then sends them back to live and do as they should. Why would this be viewed as ridiculous? Who knows how long this went on? And I’m not the only one who believes this “outrageous” phenomenon.
Bishop Tudor Bismark has alluded to it on more than one occasion.
There are those who even say Jewish belief/tradition supports this.
No, animals may not be able to talk in our regular life, but I will say this: if your dog, cat, steed, or other animal starts talking to you--in real life or a dream, consider these three things:
1) What does that animal represent throughout Scripture, nature, literature, lore, tradition, etc.?
Here are some animal examples:
SERPENTS: deception, lies, forked tongues, long “tales,” venomous, divination, demonic attachments, fangs, etc.
BIRDS: spirits; doves--spirit of God/Holy Spirit; ravens--Odin (false Norse god), Occult, witchcraft, uncleanness, etc.
LAMBS/SHEEP: people, collective thinking, innocence, etc.
WOLVES: predators, deceivers (i.e. wolf in sheep’s clothing), stalkers, carnivorous, etc.
DOGS: loyal (i.e. man’s best friend), guardians; filthy, wild, ravenous, etc. (See also “Wolves”)
LIONS: King of the Jungle, Jesus (i.e. Aslan), protector; Satan, deception, false leader/ruler, etc.
BEARS: predators, stalkers, dangerous, etc.
CROCODILES/ALLIGATORS: long, sharp teeth; strong, dangerous mouths; powerful “tales;” deception (i.e. crocodile tears); Leviathan and/or other water spirits; etc. (See also “Serpents”)
*Note: Just learning about the general Animal Kingdom will provide you with immense knowledge on the nature of animals respectively.
You get the idea. So if a snake starts talking to you, don’t even bother entertaining it. Cast the devil outta that thang!!! But if it’s simply a dove or some kindly such animal--and you have no misgivings in your spirit--then no need to worry, just listen.
2) What is the animal saying?
What the animal says is very important. This is why:
I know this may all sound quite ridiculous, but if the Angel of the Lord could open up the mouth of a donkey, don’t you think a fallen angel of Satan could open up the mouth of one too (or at least give the illusion)? They lost none of their powers in the Fall, only their authority. And dreams are fair game for any and all sorts of seemingly crazy, non-sensicality. Yes, I just made the word up. Kinda.
A spirit, be it in a person, animal, or completely disembodied--should it speak to you--*must* confess Christ as Lord and everything else the Apostle John mentions. It *must* align with the Word of God in order to be of God. And let me pause here to address familiar spirits.
I had no intention of addressing familiars in this post, but just a few days ago, I had a very telling Facebook conversation with a witch. She considers herself a Christian, yet has chosen to embrace the “Old Ways” meaning for her, the ancient worship of the Celts. These are her words, not mine:
Friends, from all of my Facebook interactions with this woman (we are mutual members of Celtic [history] groups on Facebook), she seems to be a very kind, lovely person. The kind of person who could be your next door neighbor and borrow sugar and eggs from. Yet she considers herself a “solitary witch” (she’s not part of a coven) and worships as such. And she’s not even in Transylvania or even the UK, she lives in Florida, USA. (Then again, if you’re familiar with Florida, you know it’s one of the cesspools of witchcraft in our nation. In my opinion, New Orleans was greater or just as great.)
Now if you don’t know anything about the Bible, that’s one thing. But even without biblical knowledge, how would an animal “picking” you and talking to you, overtly or by telepathy, be viewed as normal?? It most certainly is not!! Not anymore!! But we as know, Satan doesn’t play by the rules. But just for kicks, let’s see what the Bible actually says about familiar spirits.
And I’ll give you a recent, anti-Narnia literary example of familiars that is being fed to our children:
This is what our children are reading these days!! Thankfully, the movie starring Nicole Kidman flopped and the remaining two movies were never made. Crisis averted. On the silver screen anyway.
Beloved, if spirits come to you in the form of animals, beware!! An angel of the Lord may open the mouth of an animal as in the Book of Exodus, but God’s unfallen angels DO NOT possess the bodies of anyone, namely animals! You don’t find it once in Scripture. We don’t put people to death anymore for witchcraft since we’re under grace and the New Covenant, but save yourself a world of trouble, a generational curse on your descendants, and an afterlife in Hell and cast the devil outta that thang!!!
3) Is the animal actually moving it’s lips?
Again, I realise this may seem like a futile question, but it’s not. That donkey opened it’s mouth and spoke to Balaam. And since I’ve never met (to my knowledge) a familiar spirit [in the form of an animal] so I don’t know if they actually move their lips or communicate by telepathy or both. But if it’s the latter, plead the Blood of Jesus and cast the devil outta that thang!!
You think I’m playin’?? Read this:
Yes, this woman had an oversized snake TALKING to her. The woman and her husband did eventually become true Christians, but only after revealing the woman had another divining, talking, object in the house: a dead, molded-over baby in a box. Yes, you read that correctly: a dead, molded-over baby in a box. Lawd Jesus!! But Jesus did become her Lord and Saviour and freed her from the hold of divination and witchcraft brought about by these familiars which “chose” her.
Even John Paul Jackson, a minister especially gifted with deliverance ministry in this department, tells a story of a woman who began to know things. He asked her when it first started to happen and she replied that it was when A SNAKE CRAWLED INTO HER BED. And she let it!! The snake represented divination, but thankfully, that woman too was freed by the name, blood, and power of Jesus.
If any animal or any human being for that matter is speaking to you by telepathy, cast the devil outta that thang!!!
I truly meant for this to be a sort of light and fluffy post, full of fun biblical truth, but as often happens, God directed my pen in a very different direction. Animals are WONDERFUL! Familiar spirits are not. Learn to try the spirits and discern between the truth of God and lies of the enemy. Until next time...