Saturday, March 04, 2017

Jewel # 276 (March 3, 2017)

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

To my dear grandchildren

Caymans Have No Friends

"The cows and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.”
(Isaiah 11:7)

Most people in Florida and the lower Mississippi areas are  familiar with the crocodiles and alligators and their vicious ways.  But there is a close relative of these, the cayman that lives only in Central and South America where they thrive in great numbers in rivers and swamps.  A large one will measure up to 20 feet long!  To grasp just how long that is, if it were stretched out on your garage floor, you would probably be barely able to close the door completely!

There are certain ways they hold their mouths that it almost seems as if they are smiling or grinning, but there is nothing pleasant about them.  Long, curved jaws filled with big, sharp teethe are under a bulb-like snout.  When those huge jaws are open, one hoe quick snap o them can immediately end the life of a victim.  It’s no wonder they don’t have any friends.

Caymans’ bodies are covered o top with a dark fought skin with a pattern of pointed wedge-shaped bumps.  The underpart of their bodies is much lighter in colour and has protective plates covering it.

South American hunters find their flesh good eating when roasted.  But they are more interested in catching these creatures for their skins, which are in grew demand and are made into high-quality leather goods.. Men’s shoes as well as jackets, gloves, belts another items all array high prices.  Of course, the hunter doesn’t get much of that money but can often make more than he would in an ordinary job.

Baby caymans, i.e. baby alligators and baby crocodiles, are hatched from eggs.  Usually a dozen or more are laid in a nest but the female.  She makes her nest on a spot of high ground near a pond or stream and covers it with a few branches or rubbish.  She lets the sun incubate the eggs, but stays near by to protect them.  When hatched, the young caymans  are about ten inches long and already can fight!  The mother immediately carries them in her big mouth tho heavy water where she leaves them on their own.  They live on insets, frogs, fish, mice another small creatures.

We might wonder why such vicious creatures were included in God’s creation.  Actually they were not that way until sin came into the world, and its effects were passed on to all forms of life.  But the time is coming when God is going to bring back peace, and the peaceful natures of al creatures will return.  Our Bible verse at the beginning refers to that time.

We learn form the Bible that that time of peace will not come until after the Lord Jesus has come to take to heaven all who know Him as their Saviour.

Will you be included with those who will be in heaven?

Love you all - Grandpa         

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