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Rat Language: More than Meets the Ear

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork…There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”  Psalm 19:1,3

It was once thought that language was a relatively late development in the evolution of man.  Language among the lower animals was dismissed as a fantasy.  So, when the Bible speaks of the whole creation praising God, these same people said that this was just a figurative expression.  Now modern science has shown that many creatures DO have a language of their own — language that, we point out, can also be used to praise the Creator.

The human ear can detect sounds between 20 and 20,000 vibrations per second.  Many creatures that we once thought silent are busy communicating in sounds well above this range of frequencies, and we just don’t hear them.  Scientists have cataloged many of the calls of Norway rats that communicate at 70,000 vibrations per second and conclude that they have the richest vocabulary of calls with specific meanings.  Young rat pups screech a distress call that reaches the same volume as a jack hammer; yet, we are not able to hear it.

There is an advantage for these small rodents having such a high-pitched language.  Even though many predators, like cats, can easily hear these frequencies, the loudest call does not travel far enough to give away the location of the nest.

Language is a gift from our Creator; therefore, it is only fitting that the entire creation has language with which to praise Him!

Lord, help me to use my lips and voice in praising and thanking YOU at all times!

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Smart Brain

“And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.  Romans 12:2

The human brain is the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe, and modern brain research is adding to this wonder.

But medical researchers are learning that if the part of the brain that controls your left hand, for example, is damaged beyond repair, other parts of the brain will take over for the injured part.  This doesn’t always happen automatically.  However, it takes effort on your part.  If you don’t use the hand, the brain won’t work very hard to re-assign its function to another part of the brain.  It also works the other way.  Even if the brain isn’t damaged, failure to use your left arm will result in shrinkage of the brain area that controls it.  so, pianists, for example, will have a growth in the area of the brain controlling their skills if they practice.

These discoveries fill us with more wonder over the incredible abilities of the brain.  But they also tell us something about ourselves.  We are not, as many think, locked into certain bad habits or sins.  We are learning that the transformation of our minds by God’s power is not only something that happens spiritually — physical changes take place in our brains as a result of our behavior.  Is your mind being transformed by the power of God, or is it being conformed to the world?

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He Breathes with His Feet

Job 21:22  “Shall any teach God knowledge?  seeing he judgeth those that are on high.”

What breathes with its feet, has thousands of jaws but no mouth, has up to fifty arms, and an eye on the end of each arm?  NO, it’s not a new creature  for the next Star Wars movie.  It’s the Starfish.

When God designed the starfish, it almost seems as if He tried to see how differently HE could make this creature from all the others.  Depending upon the species, the starfish can have from 3 – 50 arms while there is an eye on the end of each one.  The rough skin of the starfish is covered with tiny jaws to keep parasites from attaching themselves to the starfish.  Even more amazing is the fact that each of these thousands of jaws work independently of the rest.  To get its oxygen, the starfish takes water in through tubes in its feet, each containing a tiny pump and a pipe system linking it to the other feet.

The starfish presents us with the lesson that our Creator did not have to make the creation in any specific way.  This is referred to by theologians as “voluntary creation.”  IF God had chosen to, you and I might be breathing through our feet — although I’m glad we don’t.  But the biblical truth of the voluntary creation was one of the crucial ideas that provided the basis for the modern scientific method.

 

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