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…and Fun Biblical Facts About Birds


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Psalm 50:11-12

I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.

 

In the early morn’, I sit on the bench and watch as the fog burns off. And as it lifts, my eyes are opening as if for the very first time. Surrounded by a gray haze in the cool dew of the early morning, the blue heavens begin to poke through.

 

Sea gulls fly about fishing for their morning meal. What a heavenly, gentle wind stirring for their flight as their fish hide in the cat paws! Surprisingly, one has decided to land and nest right here on the bench beside me. He and I, now eye to eye, meet. Good morning, I say. He shook his head and spread his wings. Hmmm…do I dare move a muscle and disturb him as he’s resting? Now focused on the gull accompanying me, the blue and lifting fog merely becomes a back drop to the picture that is sitting beside me.

 

As we all do in our times of tranquility, we tend to talk to God’s animals as they venture too close. This one is different though. I moved a little but he stayed. I turned my head and he looked my way. This is incredible, I thought to myself. I held my hand out….surely that should do it. But the gull didn’t budge!

 

As his friends fly above us, I know they’re watching too. Turning my body slightly toward him, he ruffles his feathers but still remains. Ok, I’m going to see if he’ll let me pet him – surely not – but maybe. With the precision of a surgeon’s hands, gently I reach over and very lightly rub his back. Can you believe he dropped his head and closed his eyes as if to say, “Thank you for that.” I did it again – and still he stays.

 

His comfort is growing, his confidence prevailing. Respectfully, I pet him a time or two, again and again. And as he lets me continue, a bond is born. The fear is broken.

 

The Gull 4I look to the heavens and thank God for this moment. Nature and I are one, if only for a minute. I can’t help but consider, is that God reaching out to me? Did I just meet Him as I followed my conscience? Oh but I did….for no wild bird, on its own free will, would land and let a human hand touch him as I did!

 

Yup – I think God dropped by to pay me a visit today on this cool, foggy morning – just to say, “Hi” and to see how I was doing. I told Him I was okay through my touch on the gull. And from the bench, I watch as He takes off. He circles overhead as if to say, “Bless you, I’ll see you soon.”

 

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Andrea Wansbury, author of “Birds Divine Messengers; Transform Your Life with their Guidance and Wisdom” writes, “Each bird acts as a messenger for God by bringing to us its own individual message at a time when we most need to hear guidance. These messages are words of wisdom and advice, and they can help us to identify talents we are not using, or the negative beliefs and thought patterns that are holding us back. Once these messages are understood and applied to our lives, they can be a valuable source of direction as we progress on our spiritual journeys.”

 


 

Fun Biblical Facts About Birds

 

There are almost 300 verses in the Bible that refer to birds, predominantly in the Old Testament. God delivers spiritual messages through birds particularly through sparrows.

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The earliest known meaning of “bird” was “young produced from eggs.”


The original bird species of the bible still exist in Cairo, Egypt today.


The origin of the phrase, “A little bird told me,” can be found in Ecclesiastes 10:20


Birds offer spiritual lessons:

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“Their glory shall fly away like a bird” (Hosea 9:11).

“The birds of the air have nests; … but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20)

The eagle was used to encourage hosts of Israel. “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treas­ure unto me above all people” (Exodus 19: 4- 5)

The sparrow is used to emphasize God’s love for His people. “Fear not them which kill the body. . . . The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:28-31)


The longest list of birds in any one chapter of the Bible is found in Leviticus 11 where the mention of “unclean birds” comes to light. Such species include owls, ravens, the osprey, herons, eagles, buzzards, and hawks.


When Jesus was crucified on the cross, Abraham had to beat vultures of Him. Vile birds are the Bible’s symbol of demons.


The peacock symbolizes immortality. (Job 39:13)


The blackbird represents the darkness of sin (black feathers) and the temptations of the flesh.


The dove is the symbol of the Holy Ghost, as well as representing peace and purity. (Song of Solomon 2:14) and (Luke 3:22)


The wild falcon symbolizes evil thoughts or actions.


The goldfinch frequently appears in pictures of the Christ Child. Because of this small bird’s fondness for thistles and thorns, it has come to represent the Passion of Our Lord.


The rooster is the symbol of the soul’s awakening and response to God’s grace. (Matthew 26:34)


The swallow represents the Incarnation.


The woodpecker usually symbolizes the Devil. It undermines faith and leads man to destruction.


The robin protected Christ from the sparks of a fire, which he caught on his breast, while the Holy Family rested on their flight into Egypt.
The eagle is a symbol of the Resurrection based on an ancient belief that the eagle would renew its youth and plumage by flying near the sun and then plunging into water. (Psalm 102: 5)


The raven symbolized the devil but also solitude. (Genesis 8:7)


Bird wings symbolize both the spiritual covering of God’s care for people and the freedom people gain from spiritual growth.

 

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