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Jul
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Exodus 4:15b
"... and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do."
Behavioral researchers define teaching very specifically. First, of course, a teacher must have pupils. Then the teacher must be less efficient in doing whatever he is doing than he normally would be...
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Growing Backbone

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Job 38:3b
“…for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.”

Modern medicine has increasingly returned to study how nature accomplishes medical miracles to bring the benefits of what they learn to mankind. Man has dreamed for thousands of years of being able to restore a severed spinal cord. Once the nerves running inside our backbones are severed, we permanently lose the use of our limbs below the point of damage.

Retracting Mosquito Antennae

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Psalm 40:5a
“Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done...”

Most people are aware that it is only the female mosquito that feeds on blood. The male feeds on plant juices. It is also easy to see the difference between males and females in most species. The male has a distinctive pair of antennae. While the female mosquito’s antennae are difficult to see, the male’s looks like Female mosquitoa pair of branched feathers coming out of its head.

Eyes in the Back of Their Backs

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Proverbs 15:3
“The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

While science has yet to find a human mother with eyes in the back of her head, it turns out that there is a species of shrimp that comes pretty close ... with extra eyes on its back.

Can Cats See in the Dark?

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Psalm 145:15
“The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.”

Some creatures can see forms of light that are invisible to us; others have built-in binoculars. The rattlesnake has two sets of eyes – one set for light that is visible to us and another set for infrared radiation. But one thing that creatures with vision all have in common is that sight requires some form of light.

The Efficient Fish

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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.”

Fish are typical of the elegant designs found in the creation. Both function and form are united with the mechanical and biological needs of the fish to produce intelligent, beautiful, yet simple solutions for their needs.

Fast Bees or Fast Talking?

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.”

According to the Bible, God created the land-living insects, and that would include the bees, on day six of creation. This was just three days after He created the flowering plants. According to evolution, bees evolved from a simpler insect after the pollen-bearing plants had developed. The specialized bee and its complex social structure was thought to have taken a long time to evolve.

Wisdom in Hiding

1 Corinthians 2:7
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory...”

You don’t have to watch a drama very long or read too far into a book before you find what is hidden being revealed. The Bible often talks about truths that are hidden because of unbelief.

Not Like Father, Like Son

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Genesis 1:21a
"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind..."

It seems that when it came to designing the millions of different creatures in the sea, God used an additional measure of imagination. Part of the reason might be that creatures that live in the near weightlessness of water can be designed with more variation in the shape of their bodies and in the ways they can move. But another factor seems to be that God set out to create certain features that cannot be explained by any human theory.

Is It Plant or Animal?

Psalm 93:5
"Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever."

As we learn more about God's creation, we find that a number of things we learned in school aren't really true, and never were. We learned in school that plants are plants and animals are animals, and there are always distinct differences between them. We also learned that complex things like eyes are found only in higher, more evolved creatures.

Reversible Wings: Mystery or Creativity?

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Isaiah 31:5
"As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver [it; and] passing over he will preserve it."

Sometimes incredible wonders pass right before our eyes, but we are not equipped to see them. Take the hummingbird, for an example.

Did you know that like the woodpecker, the hummingbird has a tongue that wraps all the way around its head just under the skin? This feature is not really evident when you look at the hummingbird. Nor is the wonderful way in which its wings move, so that it can hover, fly forwards or fly backwards.

Feathered Pilots

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Job 12:7, 9
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee... Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?"

You are the pilot of a Boeing 767 airliner, bringing the great ship in for a landing. Approaching the airport, you extend the slat on the leading edge of each wing so that you have more lift as your speed slows. As the runway nears, you raise the nose of the plane to catch more air. In the final moments of landing, you bring the feathers, which act as air brakes, out of the wing to reduce your lift and settle easily onto the runway.

Dinosaurs Need Friends, Too

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Proverbs 18:24
"A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother."

Almost every creature seeks companionship with others. This universal, basic need gives us additional insight into the mind of the Creator.

Rat Language: More than Meets the Ear

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Psalm 19:1, 3
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard."

It was once thought that language was a relatively late development in the evolution of man. Language among the lower animals was dismissed as a fantasy. So when the Bible speaks of the whole creation praising God, these same people said that this was just a figurative expression. Now modern science has shown that many creatures do have a language of their own – language which, we point out, can also be used to praise the Creator.

The Riddle of Kemp's Ridley

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Psalm 119:140-141
"Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I [am] small and despised: [yet] do not I forget thy precepts."

In man's way of thinking, a small animal – especially one that lives in the ocean – tends to be regarded as unimportant. However, in God's view, all living things are His creation, and not one is ever unimportant. A good example is the smallest of the sea turtles. While most mature sea turtles weigh hundreds of pounds, the Kemp's Ridley weighs only 60 to 100 pounds.

The Dormant Toad

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Isaiah 43:20
"The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen."

Few deserts are more inhospitable than the Sonoran Desert of North America. Life is so hard there that even the Couch's Spadefoot toad must lie dormant for 11 out of 12 months.

Another All-Wet Theory of Evolution

Genesis 1:27
"So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

There is a universe of difference between saying that man was created by God, in the image of God, and saying that man is nothing more than a hairless ape. And the fact that man is not covered with hair like the ape has led to a weird, new twist in the theory of evolution.

Man and Horse Domestication

Genesis 47:17a
"And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread [in exchange] for horses..."

Bones can tell stories. An interesting story of man's relationship with the horse is told by the fossilized teeth of ancient horses. You see, domesticated horses have a habit called crib biting – biting the rails in their corral. Wild horses don't do this. Crib biting creates a specific pattern of wear. So, when scientists find horses' teeth that have this pattern, they know that it comes from a domesticated horse.

Spiders Hurt, Too

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Proverbs 30:28
"The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."

Evolution has given people today the idea that there are "higher" and "lower" animals. As a result, many people have come to think, for example, that the so-called "lower" animals don't feel pain. Some people even fault the Bible for using language which speaks of animals experiencing life as humans do.

To Keep the Station Open

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Psalm 51:2
"Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."

One of the most unusual arrangements that fish use to keep themselves clean is found on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. That's where fish known as the cleaner wrasse offer a cleaning service for other fish. Each cleaning station is made up of one male and a harem of females. Other fish come and wait in line for their turn to be cleaned.

Biological Clowning

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Genesis 1:21-22
“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. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”

When God made fish and told them to be fruitful and multiply, He gave some of them very special abilities so that they could do this. Some 23 families of fish actually change from females to males, or from males to females, to help their species reproduce.

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