We will continue on with the Birds of the Bible – Foundation series.
If you have not read the previous blogs:
Foundation #1 Updated
Foundation #2 Updated
In the last blog the “Fall” of Adam and Eve was mentioned and because of that, the “Curse” is now on them and all of God’s creation. Death comes on the scene, mankind now has sinned and now each person is born as a sinner. The ground is cursed and thorns and thistle now appear.
By Genesis Chapter 6, God has had it with the sins of man.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (Genesis 6:5-7 KJV)
All is not lost because, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8 KJV) Because of the grace found by Noah, the LORD gives him instructions about how to build an ark including the size, materials to use, who and what will be on board, and why the ark will be needed. God makes a covenant with Noah and tells him to come in with his wife and his sons and his son’s wives.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. (Genesis 6:19-20 KJV)
He was also to provide food for all of them. And Noah obeyed all that he was told. Noah spent over 100 years preparing the ark and trying to warn others of the coming judgment. There was plenty of room on the ark for more than the 8 people who boarded the ark. The others refused to repent.
When we get to Chapter 7, the boarding of the ark takes place and the rain and flood begins. “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.” (Genesis 7:1-5)
Noah did not have to round up the animals, they came to him. Because not every animal we see today came on board but the main kinds (for instance the “bird kinds” may have had a “warbler kind” but not have black and white warblers, yellow-rumped warblers, hooded warbler, etc.), which ever ones they were, there was plenty of room for them. I have an idea that because the LORD sent the animals, birds, and critters, that their DNA’s were of the highest quality. (That is my opinion)
If you read the rest of Genesis 7, you will see that the global flood came and covered everything and only those who were in the ark survived, plus some of those that live in the water.
And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:21-23)
In Foundation #4 we will find out about what the birds go through as they come off the ark and after.
Thanks, Lee, for reminding us of the birds’ true “natural history”. It is obvious that God has a special love for birds because even unclean birds were to embark the Ark “by sevens” (which I think means 7 pairs of each bird “kind”, though I still fellowship with those who think it means a total of 7, of each particular bird kind), according to Genesis 7:3. Of non-avian land-dwellers only “clean” beasts boarded the Ark “by sevens” (Genesis 7:2), yet the birds (“fowl”) all were to enter “by sevens”. Is it any wonder that ,according to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officer, birds are the main attraction — when people view wildlife: “The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation noted that 71.8 million American participated in some kind of wildlife-watching recreation, including observing, feeding or photographing [wildlife]. Birds attract the biggest following of all U.S. wildlife. Approximately 46.7 million people observed birds around the house and on trips in 2001. A large majority, 88 percent (41.3 million), observed wild birds around the home, while 38 percent (17.8 million) took trips away from home to observe wild birds. Home birders averaged 119 days, while away-from-home birders averaged 13 days.” [Quoting from Kathy Reshetiloff, “Services Provided by Migratory Birds Don’t Come Cheaply”, CHESAPEAKE BAY JOURNAL, 24(3):1 (May 2014). ] In other words: BIRDS ARE WONDERFUL — BECAUSE GOD MADE THEM WONDERFUL ! ! !
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Thanks, Dr. Jim for some very interesting facts and statistics. I also think that there were 7 pairs of each of the birds because of the way that the birds, animals, and people are going to ….. Whoa! I am getting ready to reveal the next Foundation article. You will have to wait to find out. :)
Neat article and very interesting comment.
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Thanks, Sandra. Yes, James’ comment is very interesting.