July 25, 2010

The Ostrich – An Example of Stupidity

Posted in Lighter Moments at 9:33 pm by Sarah Bosse

ostrich Yup, this is random. Ready? Here goes. Last week I was reading a friend’s blog, and a quote (totally unrelated to ostriches) roused my full curiosity about ostriches and I decided to look for ostriches in the Bible. Guess what! They are all over the place! Here’s what I found out about the ostrich – one of God’s oddest creatures – from the Bible….

Job 39:13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
15 forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
16 She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
17 because God has made her forget wisdom
and given her no share in understanding.
18 When she rouses herself to flee,
she laughs at the horse and his rider.”

Job 39 is pretty cool and really shows the awesomeness of God. Actually, God talks alot about the ostrich! Check this out!

Leviticus 11:16
And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, the falcon of any kind, 15 every raven of any kind, 16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind,…

Deuteronomy 14:15

Job 30:29

Isaiah 13:21
20 It will never be inhabited
or lived in for all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there;
no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But wild animals will lie down there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there ostriches will dwell,
and there wild goats will dance.
22 Hyenas will cry in its towers,
and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand
and its days will not be prolonged.

Isaiah 34:13

Isaiah 43:20

Jeremiah 50:39

Lamentations 4:3

Micah 1:8

Looks like God made the ostritch to be an example to us of a creature that is: stubborn, dumb, “cruel” (Lam 4), unclean, a symbol of desolation. It is an animal that inhabits Babylon in Isa 13; a creature without wisdom living in a place that forsook Wisdom.

What I learned from Google and National Geographic is that an ostrich’s eye is LARGER than its brain, but it’s the largest bird on earth. But they lay the largest eggs in the world (ouch!). An ostrich can run up to 43mph, and those powerful legs can kick hard enough to kill a human.

Perhaps that’s more than you ever were curious to know or wanted to know about ostriches. I’ll probably be researching them for a few days now, however. 😛 LOL.

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