God shows us in the natural world all kinds of things that are an analogy of our own condition.
One of these is the natural protective covering of seabirds and similar species.
Animals, too, benefit from a special covering. For instance the wool of sheep is an insulation layer. Sheep wool keeps the body at an even temperature because it does not trap heat, meaning that in hot weather it keeps the animals cool and in cold weather it keeps them warm.
Without their covering, creatures quickly die from cold and wet. Seabirds and sea-dwelling creatures are doomed if they cannot maintain it. Cold-climate creatures have a full-body layer of blubber to keep away the cold; other species have thick fur. It’s no coincidence that many of these coverings are based upon or consist of OIL. (Whale oil from their blubber was once used in oil lamps.) Continue reading →
One night lying awake, my thoughts turned to a bible question. It was about the blood. We know how strict was the Jewish prohibition regarding blood, and how careful they were to avoid drinking or eating blood. It was part of the Law given by God in fact, and of such vital importance that it was almost the only requirement handed down to the Gentile converts. (Acts 15:29).
Nonetheless, Jesus commanded his disciples to drink His blood and eat His flesh!
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood , you have no life in you.Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven — not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
One can only imagine how horrifying it must have sounded to observant Jews when He said that. Many left him at that time. He said a similar thing at the Last Supper when he called the wine his blood and the bread his body and commanded that his followers eat and drink them with that meaning. Continue reading →