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Oct
31
God Gives the Rat a Secret
Job 38:4
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."
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The Double Life of the Hummingbird

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Psalm 4:8
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”

You might guess that the hummingbird, darting around from flower to flower with wings beating some 60 times a second, must burn a lot of energy to keep going. If a 65-pound boy burned up energy at the same rate, he would eat 100 pounds of chicken every day. The fact is, the hummingbird will die if it goes for more Green Violetear hummingbirdthan two hours without eating.

Are Dinosaurs Extinct?

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Proverbs 30:18-19
“There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not…the way of a serpent on a rock…”

Are dinosaurs extinct? Decide for yourself. In 1911, Dutch explorers returned to the West with stories about huge, man-eating “dragons” that lived on the island of Komodo. This is one of the 13,000 islands that stretch from mainland Asia to New Guinea.

God’s Superglue

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Psalm 119:31
“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.”

Scientists say that it is not man but the lowly barnacle that makes the strongest glue in the world. This glue, called anthropodin, works well under water and enables barnacles to stick to the bottom of ships, sea turtles, rocks and piers.

The Swiss Army Bee

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Genesis 43:11
“And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts and almonds…”

Just about everybody has seen a Swiss army knife. This tool is much more than a knife and has all sorts of other devices tucked away in its handle.

The Amazing Mongoose

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Psalm 58:3-5
“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stopeth her ear; Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.”

The mongoose is a superb snake fighter. The little creature is about three feet long and weighs about ten pounds. In many parts of the world, a mongoose is kept as a house pet because they keep the snake population down. This includes some of the most poisonous snakes in the world.

The Octopus with a Shell

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Genesis 1:21
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

While the nautilus is a familiar sea creature that lives in a shell, it is actually more like the squid and the octopus. Like the squid and the octopus, the nautilus has a well-developed nervous system, mouth, eyes and tentacles and can swim backward quite rapidly by shooting jets of water. It also builds itself a shell Nautilushome in which to live.

Were You a Fish?

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Romans 1:25
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

In 1866, Professor Ernst Haeckel, a German zoologist and strong supporter of Darwin, published his theory that every developing embryo recapitulates all the previous evolutionary stages of its species. So the human embryo began as a fish with gills, then became frog-like, and so on until at the ninth month it was Haeckel’s discredited embryo illustrations are still in some school textbooksfully human.

It’s Not a Spider!

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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.”

What has eight legs, fangs, ridges on its underside, and is one of the “creeping things” that God created? No, it’s not a spider, it’s a daddy-long-legs.

A Bird Always in Flight

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Proverbs 26:2
“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”

The small bird, known as the chimney swift, is unmatched in its flying ability. These little birds are so adapted to the air that they have only small, weak feet that do not permit them to walk or perch like other birds. In fact, their Latin name even means “without feet.”

Birds Helping Birds

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Luke 10:33-34
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

Altruism – helping one another – is a real puzzle to those who explain the world of living things in terms of materialistic evolution. Evolution is supposed to work on the selfish survival-of-the-fittest principle, so there should be no reason for any creature, including man, to develop a helping attitude. In fact, there is no way to explain how the genetic code could possibly develop and pass on a trait such as altruism.

David Livingstone’s Lion

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Philippians 4:6-7
“Be careful for nothing … And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Here, medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone speaks to us from his diary, written in 1872. He tells about God’s mercy as he experienced being the intended victim of a lion, “red in tooth and claw.”

The Largest Creature on Earth

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Genesis 1:21
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Many people think that the greatest of the dinosaurs were the largest creatures ever to live on Earth. But while a few of the very largest dinosaurs may have been longer than the blue whale, the blue whale has the largest actual body size of any creature that ever lived.

Luring With Light

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2 Corinthians 11:14-15
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

The spider’s web is more than simply a sticky net that catches insects. Scientists have learned that the spider’s web is also a clever lure that uses ultraviolet light.

Animals That Make and Use Tools

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Proverbs 3:7-8
“Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy naval, and marrow to thy bones.”

At one time textbooks defined man as the only tool-using animal. But then they discovered a number of animals that do use tools. So the definition of man was changed to say that man was the only animal that uses and makes tools. Before long, however, scientists began to discover that many of those tool-using animals actually make their own tools.

Swimming in Sand

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Romans 11:33-36
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? or who hath first given to him and it shall be recompensed unto him? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Their crystalline world might seem like another planet as they swim past monolithic crystals larger than themselves and down channels lined with nearly clear, often form-fitted boulders. But this exotic world is not on another planet. It may be below your feet.

The Tool-Using Bird

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Genesis 3:23
“Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”

School textbooks continue to claim that man is the only animal to use tools. Of course, speaking this way not only identifies man as merely another animal but also completely ignores the fact that man was made in the image of God and, thus, has moral responsibilities. However, using this “man the tool-user” argument to support evolution has been quietly shot down as science continues to discover a growing number of animal tool-users.

The Giraffe’s “Wonder Net”

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Job 9:10
“Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.”

Did you ever stand up a little too quickly and get dizzy? It can happen because by standing, you may have temporarily lowered the blood pressure in your brain. Can you imagine what might happen when the giraffe swings its head from the ground to a treetop?

Peru’s Marvellous Hummingbird

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Isaiah 28:5
“In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.”

In 1835, when scientists first saw Peru’s most unusual hummingbird, they were so overcome with its beauty that they gave it the name “Marvellous”.

The Shaggy Wasp

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Genesis 3:21
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make tunics of skins, and clothed them.”

The fiery red and black shaggy coat of the so-called velvet “ant” does more than warn the unsuspecting that it packs a powerful sting. However, it is that shaggy coat that protects it from the heat of its desert home.

Moths That Think They Are Hummingbirds

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Psalm 92:5-6
“O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”

There seems to be no end to the variety and wisdom of design in the creation. Most interesting are those creatures that share important traits and yet are nothing like each other. The whale is one example; it is constructed like a fish but is really a mammal.

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