Thursday, October 06, 2016

Jewel # 262 (Oct. 5, 2016)

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“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,

Four-Legged Battering Rams

“The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.”
(Psalm 104:18)

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are majestic, sharp-sighted animals that are often seen standing atop a boulder or at the edge of a steep precipice in the mountains.  Their beautiful horns curve backward from their foreheads, down and then forward and sometimes measure four feet along the front curves and spread 31 inches apart.  Both rams and ewes have thick, brown wool, white muzzles and a patch of white around their stubby tails.  Rams often weigh up to 400 pounds.

Living above the timberline throughout the year, bighorns only head down to lower grassy slopes when food is scarce.  The Creator designed them to live where other animals cannot survive (except the little coney). An advantage of the high, subzero climate is that strong winds sweep the snow away from the high meadows, leaving grass and shrubs exposed.  The bighorns’ God-given digestive systems were designed to handle this frozen, but nourishing, food.

Familiar with every foot of the highest parts of the mountains and rocky slopes and cliffs, these surefooted animals can jumps and climb easily in the most dangerous places.   They escape from wolves, coyotes and mountain lions by racing to the heights far above them.  They are just as sure-footed when they plunge at great speed down steep slopes.

Lambs two or three weeks old can go wherever their mothers go.  For this exciting life, the Lord God provided them with insulated coats, shockproof legs and hooves that hold firmly to the rocky ledges.

The rams live peacefully except when seeking mates among the ewes.  At that time, they batter each other without mercy.  Two rams, standing several feet apart, will suddenly rise on their hind legs, then dropping down, dash forward at a terrific speed and ram their horns and heads together in crashes that can be heard a mile away!  This stuns them for a few moments, but soon they go at it again, until one finally leaves.  Serious injury seldom results, for the Creator has provided them with an inch-thick, honeycomb “sandwich” in their two-layered skulls, plus an inch of tough outer sin—all of which helps to absorb these shocks.

These animals give the appearance of pride in their majestic beauty.  However the Bible warns that it is not right for boys and girls, or grown-ups either, to have pride.  It says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Proverbs 29:23).  Instead of of pride, Colossians 3:12 tells us to have "kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness.”  However, this attitude, so pleasing to the Lord, can only fully show itself when we have accepted the Lord Jesus as our very own Saviour and are depending on His strength to walk in ways pleasing to Him. 

Love you all - Grandpa  

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