ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Sister Johnson did an awesome job of teaching today’s lesson. The lesson was entitled, “MASTER DESIGNER”. The Scripture was from Psalms 104:1-4, 24-30. The KEY VERSE was verse 24 which reads, “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom, you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the translation of verses 24-30 from THE LIVING BIBLE version:
O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches.
25] There before me lies the mighty ocean, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small. 26] And look! See the ships! And over there, the whale (leviathan), you made to play in the sea. 27] Every one of these depends on you to give them daily food. 28] You supply it, and they gather it. You open wide your hand to feed them, and they are satisfied with all your bountiful provision.
29] But if you turn away from them, then all is lost. And when you gather up their breath, they die and turn again to dust.
30] Then you send your Spirit, and new life is born[b] to replenish all the living of the earth.
Here’s a riddle that I ran across in my reading today:
What Biblical animal is longer than 3 dump trucks, heavier than 110 Honda Civics, and has a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle?
The answer is a Blue Whale. In today’s lesson, we read about the LEVIATHAN. In a 1989 movie, the LEVIATHAN referred to a monster that attacked the crew of a submarine, however, the Biblical leviathan is not like the movie version. Most scholars—theological as well as scientific—agree that the Biblical leviathan was a whale, or an ancestor of the whale.
Verse 27 says that God provides food for these wondrous animals.
How much food does it take to sustain such an animal?
Try 4 tons of krill a day–that’s 3 million calories! Even a baby blue whale can put away 100 gallons of milk every 24 hours. When a blue whale surfaces, it takes in the largest breath of air of any living thing on the planet. Its spray shoots higher into the air than the height of a telephone pole.
Did the blue whale come into existence by chance?
By some evolutionary quirk?
No way! The Master Designer put that giant creature in the sea.
Let’s give God a handclap of praise!
The whale is not alone as an example of God’s marvelous sea creatures. Here are a few more:
- The Box Jellyfish is described as one of the deadliest of all sea creatures, this type of jellyfish is famous for having an amazing defensive mechanism: it has 60 tentacles, with a length of up to 10 feet, packed with thousands of stinging cells that are activated when they touch the human skin. They deliver such an excruciating pain that the person attacked goes into shock and drowns. Their venom is considered to be among the deadliest in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.
- Turritopsis dohrnii, the immortal jellyfish, is a species of small, biologically immortal jellyfish found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the waters of Japan. It is one of the only known cases of animals capable of reverting completely to its polyp state (basically its infant state). In theory, it could live forever, if not eaten by a larger fish, for once it reaches “old age”, it folds in upon itself and re-emerges as a baby. It can do this again, and again, and again.
- The Electric Eel produces enough electricity to light 10 light bulbs.
- Dolphins sleep with only half of their brain at a time and with one eye open to “keep an eye out” for enemies or other threats.
- An Octopus has 3 hearts and its blood is blue (totally better than Mr. Spock, who’s blood is green but he only has two hearts).
- Oysters can change from one gender and back, depending on which one is best for mating at the time.
- Seahorses are the only animal in which the male gives birth and takes care of the offspring and not the female.
- Unicorns DO exist, except, they are not horses and they live in the ocean. They are a species of whale called, Narwhals. The scientific name, Monodon Monoceros, is derived from the Greek: “one-tooth one-horn”. They have ONE large “tusk” protruding from the front of their heads. Isn’t that the definition of a uni (meaning one) corn (meaning horn).
Scientists estimate that there are at least a million species of animals living in the sea BUT, we have only discovered and documented around 250,000 of them.
LET’S GIVE GOD—THE MASTER DESIGNER—ANOTHER HANDCLAP OF PRAISE YA’LL!
LET’S SING HIS PRAISES!
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!