Unicorns And Politics: Job 39:9-12
Scripture Reading: Daniel 8:5-8
Unicorns are in the Bible. They picture/ represent/ symbolize kings/ kingdoms/ rulers/ presidents/ dictators and so forth.
The fact that they are in the Bible bothers some people. They say, “There is no such thing as unicorns; the Bible is full of myths.”
Some say, that the Unicorn in the Bible is a hairy Rhinoceros.
I don’t believe that the Bible is full of myths; Do you? Job knew what God was talking about in Job 39. He knew the animal. God asks Job, “Can you plow with a unicorn?” And the idea is that this animal is not something you can harness and plow with.
It is a very powerful animal and God says that its power is in its horn. Psalm 92:10 “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
In fact, in pride, I think that the unicorn thinks it can harness Job and plow with him.
I want to get you on board with the idea of this message early. Unicorns are symbolic of the rulers of this world. Politicians. You will see that from scripture shortly.
GOD CONTROLS THE UNICORNS. In fact, God is implying to Job that God can plow with them. God can put a harness and a yoke on a unicorn and make him plow his fields.
Before we look at that I want to define the word, “unicorn”. Unicorn is 2 words. “Uni”, which means 1. And “corn”, which means horn. Psalm 92:10 and 1st Samuel 2:10 make it quite plain that the horn is the authority of a king.
In Daniel 8:5-8 There is 1 king, 1 horn. And He falls and is replaced by 4 horns or 4 kings. This unicorn is called a goat. That is what God says they look like.
This king/ unicorn is easily identified in history as Alexander the great. The 4 kings after him were the Greek kingdom divided up into 4 parts.
Job 39:9-12 and Psalm 92:10 tell us 7 things that God wants us to know about the unicorn. They are important for our faith, for our peace of mind.
1. Unicorns all serve God. Job 39:9 They may not want to and they may think that they are defying and defeating God. Alexander the Great was serving God, as was Nebuchadnezzar. Hitler thought he could get rid of God, the Bible, God’s people, and instead he accomplished God’s purpose of sending Jews back to the promised land to re-establish the nation of Israel.
2. God domesticates the Unicorn. That is, he makes him a farm animal. “Abide by the crib”. Some animals just don’t stay on the farm. The unicorn thinks he is one of them. He is very wrong. Pagan, ungodly, wicked kings are God’s domesticated animals.
3. God can put him in a harness to plow the valleys. But the world is God’s harvest field. He plows it with anyone he wants to.
4. The unicorn has great strength. That is why we get so bent out of shape over who is elected. God asks Job if he would trust the unicorn to labor for him. WOULD YOU TRUST A POLITICIAN TO LABOR FOR YOU? God knows that they labor for Him.
Would you trust them with your burden or would you rather they left you alone?
1 Samuel 2:10 says, “He shall give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
That says that their strength is from God… He entrusts them with it, and they do his work; even when it makes no sense to you.
Now I know that 1 Samuel 2:10 is a reference to God’s righteous king, which is why Psalm 92:10 says God’s righteous king is exalted like the horn of a unicorn. That is the Messiah and those who picture him, like David and Solomon are not really unicorns. They have strength like a unicorn. LIKE A UNICORN IS DIFFERENT THAN BEING A UNICORN.
Unicorns are pagan…..
5. The unicorn’s horn is its power. It is exalted – the horn is exalted – by God. God gives it its power. Its authority. Psalm 92:10 “My horn shalt thou exalt….” God appoints/ordains empowers every ruler that is on earth. If he doesn’t, they have no power and cannot hurt you. Cannot help you.
Their power/authority is from him. So much so that to resist their authority is to resist God himself.
Romans 13:1,2 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
If you are saved, that damnation is trouble in this life on this earth, AND I SEE IT PLAYED OUT OFTEN IN Christians WHO DON’T KNOW HOW TO RIGHTLY RELATE TO RULERS/ TO UNICORNS.
6. Job 39:12 “Will you believe the unicorn/ the government will bring home thy seed?” Seed is your future. And the thought is, you’d be nuts too trust the government with your future. But God does that very thing.
7. “Will you believe the unicorn/ government will fill your barns with your seed?” Implied is “or do you think that they will fill their barns with your seed.” Think your future/ social security etc.
You are allowed to laugh or cry here. We do know what politicians do with our seed, goods, future.
There are 5 more wonderful truths about unicorns that I want you to see.
1. They push with their horn. That is, they push with their authority –even abuse it.
In fact, perhaps the best definition of an horn is this, “a horn is a belligerent, pushy powerful thing with authority.” Even a trumpet “horn” in the band meets this definition. The craziest thing in music is to “mute” the horn. (they do it all the time.)
That is, they make it less pushy.
We even use the phrase “pull in your horns” for “don’t be so pushy.
2. Unicorns/ governments are used by God to push God’s people.
Deuteronomy 33:17 “And his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth.”
“The people” are God’s people.
- When god wanted to push the Jews back into the promised land in the 20th century he used a unicorn called Adolf Hitler.
- When God wanted to push Christians out into the world to do evangelism, missions, in the first century of the church he used unicorns called Caesar, Nero…
- When God wanted Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, he used Caesar Augustus.
Why do God’s people need to be pushed? Because we don’t do what God wants any other way…. Usually
3. Unicorns are not the Messiah. They are not what you and I would think that God should use. In fact, they are often anti-Christ in spirit or type.
Pharaoh, Caesar, Peter the Great, Hitler… you could add many to that list. Chamberlin before WW 2. And possibly many of our own presidents.
They do not support Israel, they do not support Biblical Christianity. They are always GLOBALIST.
They support genocide (in the name of progress) murder. They have huge egos, and think that they are in the world to save it. (as they see salvation)
4. When God uses his righteous leader – David, Moses, Messiah to push his people they are not unicorns, they are as strong as unicorns. (because unicorns are rebellious, not submissive to God) They also die for people, rather than kill people.
Numbers 23:22 “He hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”
Repeated in Numbers 24:8
Psalm 92:10 “My horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn.”
5. Perhaps the greatest point of all is found in Psalm 22:21, where Jesus is on the cross/altar and the altar has 4 horns which would be the 4 great kingdoms of Daniel. The sacrifice/ lamb/ Jesus cries out to the Father and is heard. “Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.”
God used the kings of this world to bring about our salvation.
THERE ARE SOME NECESSARY AND BIBLICAL CONCLUSIONS.
1. God is in charge and in control of the unicorns/ the politicians.
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart in in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water. He turneth it whithersoever he will.”
If our politicians make a decision, it is turned in that direction by God to accomplish his purposes. Mainly to push his people back to him.
2. God’s barns are filled with seed by wicked rulers and their efforts. He actually makes them crazy by bringing about opposite results then they desire. Satan certainly did not like the results of the cross. Our salvation. “He frustrateth the tokens (works) of the liars, He makes the diviners mad.” Isaiah 44:25
3. We are responsible for the mess we live in. Yesterday’s generation complains about where this world has come to… It is their fault.
Romans 1:20-32 tells us 3 times that God gives us up to the sins we embrace and struggle with in our present world because we chose NOT to worship God as God and worshipped this world more than God. For worship think love.
Romans 1:21-24 “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful. But became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image… Wherefore God gave them up to uncleanness…” and it goes downhill from there.
4. So what is a Christian to do? I like what Daniel did when his world spiraled out of control. He got on his knees and repented for himself, for his nation.
Daniel 9: 5 “We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts, and from thy judgements.”
You may doubt that you have sin involvement in the mess of our world today. Ask yourself this.
- “Have I loved God with all my heart, strength, soul.?”
- “Have I loved my neighbor as myself.
ALSO, be a responsible citizen and vote and do not be so arrogant as to think that every Christian should vote as you do.
I am voting issues, not candidates, or party lines. I have prayed about this a lot, and you should pray about it a lot.
5. Act like a Christian/ speak like a Christian. Read Romans 13:1-7 for a good look at what that means.
“Let every soul be subject to the powers that be… v. 6 pay ye tribute (taxes)… v.7 Render (give) therefore to all their dues: tribute to who tribute is due; custom to whom custom is due; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
Learning to trust God in a sinful broken world is both hard and requires a Biblical understanding and a world view that sees life from God’s point of view, not yours. Are you ready to trust God with your world and to act like you are trusting him?