Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jewel # 248 (May 11, 2016)

Four of our boys (your uncles) diving with the sharks - December 2010 - Bahamas

�And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord
of hosts, in that day when I
make up MY JEWELS.�
(Malachi 3:17)

To my dear grandchildren,

Beware the Shark!

�Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 
walks about, seeking whom he may devour.�
(1 Peter 5:8)

In this Bible verse, Satan is described as a lion prowling through the earth.  A similar example could be a vicious shark in the ocean.  About 350 varieties of sharks are found throughout the world.  The smallest is the 10-inch dwarf; the largest is the 40-foot whale shark, weighing 30,000 pounds or more.  In spite of their frightening looks, most sharks are harmless, living on fish, squid and shellfish.  Two huge species, the basking shark and the whale shark, have such small teeth that they can only eat tiny drifting sea life and small fish.

The hammerhead is the most unusual-looking shark with its head extending out two feet or more on each side of the body.  A large eye is on each end, and its mouth is underneath on the body.  The ugliest shark is the horn or pig shark, with its jaws and teeth at the front of its pig-like snout.

The blue shark is actually a beautiful creature, with its dark bluish tint on top and light blue underneath.  Its huge eyes and a small mouth give it a smiling appearance, and it shows only curiosity toward swimmers.  Thresher sharks, which often work in pairs, beat the water with their tails.  This causes small fish to group together, and then the threshers move in for the kill.

The most dangerous of all sharks is the great white shark with its huge jaws and dagger-like teeth.  It can be 21 to 26 feet long and weigh more that 7,000 pounds.  This one will sometimes attack swimmers.  The injuries from their bites are severe, often resulting in death.  The tiger shark is also vicious and sometimes will attack people.  It is 10 to 14 feet long and can weigh up to 1,400 pounds.  It has rows of long, sharp teeth.

In spite of the shark�s bad reputation, God has a place for them in His creation.  As scavengers, they help keep the ocean clean.  They are useful to man directly in that valuable medicines and vitamins are extracted from various parts of their bodies, and shark meat is an excellent food.

Although most sharks are harmless, few of us would trust these unpredictable creatures.  People can also be just as unpredictable.  How careful we should be in any relationship with people who are not God-fearing, for many of them are used by Satan to lead others to do evil deeds.  The Bible gives good advice:  

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established� 
(Proverbs 4:26).  
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man� 
(Psalm 118:8).  
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  
In all thy ways acknowledge  Him, and He shall direct thy paths� 
(Proverbs 3:5-6).  

This is excellent advice to follow.  

Love you all,


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