BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (CAMEL)

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Camels were a common sight throughout Bible times, particularly in cities and villages along caravan routes, where these long-distance beasts of burden might pause for a night before trudging on to their destination. In addition to being a means of

transportation, camels were also a source of milk and meat for Israel’s neighbors (though they are listed among the unclean animals for Israel and therefore not used for food-Lev 11:4). Camel hair was woven to create a rough but durable material from which Bedouins still create tents and people like John the Baptist occasionally sewed simple garments (see Matt 3:4).

Wild and Unruly

Some camels, called dromedaries, were cultivated for riding and racing. Jeremiah used this type for riding and racing. Jeremiah used this type of camel as a symbol for wayward Israelites who followed other gods (Jer 2:23). In this way camels parallel the symbolic use of donkeys-a supposedly cultivated and trained animal that has become wild and unruly.

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Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

STATUS SYMBOL

We can in the life of Abram and Job that camels were considered a symbol of wealth. Someone who owned 3,000 camels, as Job did, would have been considered a millionaire in today’s terms. Camels were also considered a powerful component of an army’s battle resources. The Midianites who oppressed Israel in Judges 6 wielded a vast cavalry mounted on camels.

HYPERBOLE

Much later, Jesus created an unexpected symbolic picture with the camel by way of hyperbole: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). The idea of a large animal like a camel being compressed to pass through a needle’s eye is a ludicrous but effective way to emphasize that wealth has no standing when someone is seeking admission to God’s kingdom. Jesus also found camels a handy symbol for important matters when he pointed out to the scribes and Pharisees, “You blind guides! You strain gnats out of your wine, but you swallow camels” (Matt 23:24). He was highlighting the hypocrisy of giving great attention to an exacting idea to the tithe (making sure that you gave a tenth of every herb and spice in your possession) while neglecting the large matters of “justice, mercy, and faithfulness. . .the most important things in Moses’ Teachings” (Matt 23:23).

 

4 thoughts on “BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (CAMEL)

  1. Hi,a friend told me that he had a dream that he saw me with big Camel.I ask the Holy Spirit to interpret the dream,the answer I got and what I saw on your site is the same. Thank God.

  2. dreamt laying down on my bed -a carmel and it licked the back of my left hand
    Then sat next to my head – it was right behind my neck I could feel its breath next to back of my neck and I could hear its breathing sound . I m asking God to help me understand this dream

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