Sometimes animals behave more intelligently than humans.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.” (Isaiah 1:2,3)
If you feed an animal he will recognize you as being the source of his food; all of us have received blessings from God but many fail to acknowledge him as the source of those blessings.
But not all animals respond in the same way. Under the Mosaic law the ox was considered a clean animal. It was suitable for sacrifice and its flesh could be eaten. The ox knows it owner.
The donkey was an unclean animal. It was useful for farmwork and transportation, but it could not be eaten or offered as a sacrifice. The donkey’s focus was not on the owner himself but on the food he received from his owner. Read the rest of this entry