I just watched a fascinating documentary on that greatest of raptors the eagle. What amazing talents these birds have.
In the Bible we first encounter the eagle in the list of unclean birds in Leviticus 11 because clearly it feeds on dead and potentially diseased meat. Eagles are remarkably fast birds (150mph in a stoop) and used to picture a plundering nation carrying out God’s judgment, “The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;” (Deut. 28:49, also Hosea 8:1). The eagle’s predatory powers are well known, how she speeds to her prey, “They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.” Job.9:26, she soars using up-currents, “Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. From hence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off (her remarkable eyesight means she can see prey over a mile away!) Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.” Job 39:27-30. “The way of an eagle in the air;” (Prov. 30:19) was to the writer of Proverbs one of those wonderful almost incomprehensible mysteries in nature.
Satan thought he could mount up high like an eagle and displace God but, “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.” (Jer.49:16 and Obadiah 4). The face of an eagle is one of four attributed to the cherubim and seraphim in Ezekiel and Revelation representing the powerful beasts in creation who as covering angels protect God’s throne and perpetually worship him (Ezek 1:10, 10:14, Rev. 4:7). God’s provision and protection of his church against Satan’s onslaughts is likened to her being given two great wings of an eagle to fly to the wilderness (Rev.12:14). Our soaring above earthly problems with the spiritual strength of an eagle is promised in Isaiah 40:31 as we wait upon the Lord. The Hebrew word for eagle comes from the root to lacerate alluding to the massive talons, the weapons the eagle uses to catch and grip its prey, particularly if it is a slippery fish.
Amazing footage of this uniquely created animal:
Death, the separation of spirit and body is the last enemy. It is an enemy because it entered the good creation under the instigation of Satan who got Adam and Eve to sin. Sin brought death under God’s judgment-“the wages of sin is death”. It is an enemy because it causes sorrow in separation of loved ones and loved pets. Death reigns presently over man and beast. And don’t be fooled, as a human being you have an eternal soul! But one day this enemy will be destroyed. It has already been turned into a passage to eternal life for all God’s people by Jesus Christ who rose from the dead having paid for their sin. When he returns at the end of time death will be no more in the new creation. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 21:4. You will one day die but will you rise again to eternal life? Seek the Lord Jesus Christ.
Absolutely riveting story of a Mongolian girl eagle huntress.
Unique place-home to the animal with the strongest bite for size, the biggest freshwater invertebrate and the tallest flowering plant on earth.
Just one major argument exposes the myth of evolution. How could ANY animal survive without it’s fully developed complexity? It couldn’t! So it could NOT have evolved by stages! How could the chameleon survive without his tongue, the Bombardier Beetle his steaming hot spray, the humming bird it’s tongue, the human fallopian tube its cilia and the newly fertilised egg its non stick cumulus coating that allows it to pass down into the womb?
But its not just “intelligent design” it points absolutely to an all-wise infinitely creative God who made all these and out of nothing! (Genesis 1).
Eating of Blood
Sung Psalm 16 (note v4 relating to pagan blood sacrifice)
Read Leviticus 17:1-14
This topic is clearly related to the O.T. food laws because in this passage the commandment is given to Moses, to give to Aaron and through his sons to the people, which prohibits the eating of blood.
The issues then, were, that the people were not bringing their sacrifices to the tabernacle and some were sacrificing animals (with blood) to devils.
Today Judaism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy and Seventh Day Adventists would prohibit eating blood. Jehovah’s Witnesses have misinterpreted this law which relates to eating animal blood to prohibit intravenous blood transfusion of human blood.
To them we say what Christ said to the Pharisees who took issue with healing on the Sabbath (Mark 3:4), “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days (or any day for that matter), or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?” Many adults and children have been killed by withholding life-saving transfusion!
Today it is a matter of 1) Conscience and 2) Scripture including Gen.9:4 and Acts 15:20 (to be referred to later) but blood would be included in the “all things that are lawful”, so black pudding is NOT prohibited to the believer. Furthermore although the judgment then for Jew or gentile proselyte was damnation because blood equals life and blood makes atonement (c.f. Hebrews 10:29) and so is potentially sacred and pointed to the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ, nowadays because the final once-for-all blood sacrifice of Christ has been made all these ceremonial laws are abrogated (Hebrews 9-10).
This little fellow was hand-reared by my son and is growing up on green leaves. He also likes banana.
In Trinidad near relatives, Tegus, roam all over the place. He loves basking under his heater.