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Today's Creation Moment

Not-So-Smart Irritation
Psalm 119:11
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
I am completely relaxed. I have my work under control. I have a cup of coffee with me. And Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is playing in the background. Then there is an ugly sound. It is a pinging...


Life Blood

Leviticus 17:11
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

Image: Tabernacle IllustationsNot every animal appears to be of equal value to God. Some of them, in Genesis 1, were blessed. Then there is the way that God described some of these creatures.

Why Do We Get New Species?

Genesis 1:24-25
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

We know that Noah did not have to fit two of every species of animal on the Ark. The Ark sheltered two of every kind of land and flying vertebrate, not two of every species. For example, modern species like lions and tigers would have developed from the pair from the Image: Wild Big Catscat family that were on the Ark. Over time, different species of cats have developed from this pair.

Bears and Arctic Ice

Genesis 8:22
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Think of the Arctic and you probably think about polar bears. Those magnificent, big, white carnivores are probably pictured in your mind standing on snow and ice, where they can be difficult to see. The Arctic is the realm of the bear, and this is reflected in its Image: Polar bear The word “Arctic” is derived from the Greek word arktos, meaning bear. There are layers of meaning here.

Eggs and Evolution

Luke 11:11-12
"If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?"

“The evolution of the amniotic egg was key to vertebrates leaving the oceans and colonizing the land and air.” So claimed a recent article on the evolution of the egg. The article noted that there are different shaped eggs among birds. Researchers conducted a Photo of eggs.statistical study of the eggs produced by 1,400 species of bird.

A Lesson from the Beekeeper

Psalm 119:103
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

When I was in my twenties, I had a friend whose father, Peter, kept bees. One day, he invited me to help collect honey. I was fascinated by the paraphernalia that goes with this activity – the  costume, the hood, the smoker, and the hives. Peter had ten  Beeshives. His bees were very distinctive. They had a deep brown abdomen with a single yellow stripe across the middle of it.

One Best Friend, Many Varieties

Genesis 1:25
“ And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

There is a story about a man, who had a dog. A friend asked him what kind of dog it was. The man replied “He is a Heinz dog”. “I have never heard of a Heinz dog”, said the other. “Sure you have”, said the first. “He has 57 varieties”. 

A Tale of Whale Evolution

Genesis 1:21
“So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

London’s famous Natural History Museum features an enormous gallery, where, among other large creatures, you can see a life-size blue whale hanging from the ceiling.

The Home Life of the Beaver

Ecclesiastes 3:20-21
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

Frequent excursions into the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument bring me regularly into areas populated by beavers. Many of the ponds around the Hummocks show signs of beaver activity. One notable dam, which I often see on the trail, is over four Beaverfeet high, and is easily over 50 feet long.

Eight Legged Thievery

John 10:10
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Out of more than 30,000 species of spiders, there are three species that make their living through thievery. Several years ago that number was raised from two with the discovery of a tiny, thieving Diagram of the internal anatomy of a female two-lunged spider. species on the island of Taiwan. The other two species live in South America and are known to steal only silk from the webs of other spiders.

He Literally Walks on Water

Matthew 14:25
"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea."

Would you like to be able to walk on water the way Jesus did? The closest human beings have come to walking on water is water skiing, which some even do without skis. But they still need a Brown basilisk, basking in the sun. powerful and noisy power boat to do it. But there is an animal that can walk on water without help of any kind.

There Could Be Magic Dragons

Psalm 148:7, 10
“Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps…Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl.”

Numerous television programs have been made about the Komodo dragon and the creatures are even going on display at some zoos. Reaching up to 400 pounds, they can even outrun a man. And they eat anything that they find dead or alive. Even a simple bite from a Komodo dragondragon will prove fatal within 72 hours unless you get immediate treatment.

The Deception of a Glow in the Dark Shark

Jeremiah 17:9
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?"

The creation is filled with plants and animals which use deception to survive. The glow in the dark cookie-cutter shark is a master at such deception.

The Amphipod's Unique Escape

James 4:7
"Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

The hunted are smart to stay downwind of the hunter. Many predators hunt using scent, at least in part. The same principle works in water. Many predators smell chemicals given off by their Amphipodprey and use that scent to help them locate their prey. If you were a predator in a stream you would be smart to stay downstream from your prey. The prey won't smell you.

The Key to Real Leadership

Proverbs 12:24
"The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."

Wasp colonies in temperate zones usually wait until the end of summer to raise male young. That's because male wasps are typically useless consumers of food. They don't do anything waspworthwhile in the nest, nor do they help gather resources.

Not Every Gift Has Value

Romans 6:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."

Human bridegrooms are not the only males who give gifts to their intended. The birds and the flies do it, too. On a previous program we talked about how the bower bird woos his potential mate by Dance flybuilding a hut for her and decorating it with bright objects.

Birds Do Mental Time Travel

Matthew 13:4
"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up...."

Episodic memory, the ability to remember something that happened in the past is called mental time travel. It has long been thought that only humans are capable of episodic memory. New research suggests that some birds are also capable of mental time travel.

The Squid Without a Shadow

Psalm 18:28
"For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness"

Many marine creatures reflect surrounding light. They can do so because of tiny light-reflecting platelets. Typically, these crystalline platelets are made of purine, one of the building blocks of DNA, but these particular crystals cannot change how much light they reflect.

Geckos Don’t Need Flashlights

Psalm 146:8
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous....

You get up early. The illumination isn't very good, you put on your socks anyway, only to find out, in the light of day, that you have one blue and one gray sock on. That's because our eyes have cone cells to detect color, as well as rod cells that are sensitive to light, but cannot see color. So, as the light level Gecko (not the hooded gecko).becomes lower, we have a decreasing ability to detect colors.

Learn of God’s Loving Provision

Job 12:7-8
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."

A number of species of fish live, apparently comfortably, in Antarctic waters as cold as the freezing temperature of seawater, which is a couple of degrees colder than fresh water. This presents us with several mysteries. First, cold slows down the chemistry necessary for life. At these temperatures, life's Ocellated Icefishchemistry all but stops.

Airplane Fingers

Genesis 1:20
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."

Aerodynamics, the science of flight, is a highly complex science. This is because many complex forces are acting on anything in flight. These forces include the power available for flight and drag produced by the flying object. Each of these categories include many additional forces that depend on the shape of the Learjet with wingletsflying object, the shape and length of the wings, the speed and the altitude.

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