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New International Version
24 “Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
12 But God is my King from long ago;
he brings salvation on the earth.
13 It was you who split open the sea by your power;
you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan
and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(AF)
15 It was you who opened up springs and streams;
you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
I have always had an appreciation for animals, especially large animals. One of my favorite predators is a cougar. I once owned a 1986 Mercury Cougar. It was a nice car.
Cougars are impressive animals. They set a goal, and pursue it sometimes for days. If they accomplish their goal, the consequences can be very unfortunate for the deer that was their goal. This is one reason cattle ranchers in the west did not like them because their cattle could become the goal of the cougar.
Likewise, small creatures are also impressive. Ants are very resourceful. Most times, ants are viewed as pests. That reputation is well earned. Ants are actually pretty interesting. Ant man helped to point that out.
I believe God also wants us to admire His creation, as seen in the verses noted above. Scripture often uses animals and nature for various purposes.
I also love aquatic animals. I think whales are cool animals. Part of the reason I like Star Trek IV is because there are whales in it. Whales are just majestic and huge. I also think dolphins are fun. I have seen several articles over the last year or so about intriguing encounters between divers and aquatic animals.https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/humpback-whale-diver-video-tiger-shark-protect-push-fin-muri-beach-cook-islands-a8148346.html
I also feel like creatures out of our imagination are fun, too. Yes, I like Godzilla. Now, don’t worry…I can handle the jokes made about the rubber suits and the criticisms about the old movies. I really enjoy the ones from the newest Monsterverse efforts. They seem to awaken the 7 year old kid in me. But, the visual effects now seem to capture the sheer power and size of them. There are numerous articles that describe the beauty of the cinematography in Kong: Skull Island.
One of the verses I cited above references the “Leviathan”. From an article in the Encyclopedia Brittanica (online, of course), “In the Old Testament, Leviathan appears in Psalms 74:14 as a multiheaded sea serpent that is killed by God and given as food to the Hebrews in the wilderness. In Isaiah 27:1, Leviathan is a serpent and a symbol of Israel’s enemies, who will be slain by God. In Job 41, it is a sea monster and a symbol of God’s power of creation.” (This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen, Corrections Manager. Britannica article). I don’t have much of an interpretation for “Leviathan”. It is either a mythical beast or large sea beast. Scripture indicated that God had power over it, whatever it was.
The creatures that God has created are interesting. If you decide to explore or study one of the species, I can promise you that you will learn stuff you did not know before. Each creature usually has something that isn’t well known. Be curious!
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