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 JOB 12:7-10

 God's Handiwork!

"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:7-10


 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15









JULY 29, 2006, SATURDAY:

The tiny sea animal is called an "appendicularian." It exists in countless numbers in every ocean on earth! It is so small as nearly to be invisible, is almost clear in color and yet possesses the normal bodily organs and functions usually associated with sea life! For example, it has a spinal column, nervous system, tail, mouth, stomach, intestine, heart, blood and reproductive system.

But here is where things get amazing!

This little creature lives in a bubble! It is in this large bubble, some nearly the size of a walnut, that the little appendicularian lives and moves and has his being!

It's bubble absorbs sea water and food particles, thus providing life sustenance to its inhabitant!

His home can be quite lovely, colored with tinges of yellow, red or violet! Or uniquely shaped like an apple, umbrella or elongated torpedo! It encircles its little guest underneath overhead and all around ... completely!

And while this little creature God made astounds biologists, he is cleaning up the ocean waters around him, even eating some things like dwarf plankton and bacteria!

Now, why did I include this animal in our study?

He reminds me of something Paul wrote ... about our being "in Christ Jesus!"

The great Apostle uses this expression 39 times at least in His 14 Epistles!

"In Christ Jesus!"

The object of the preposition "in" is obviously "Christ Jesus."

His lovely Name here is framed in the dative case. In Latin that would have been further refined as the "locative" case.

Here is pictured a saint of God, one who has been washed in the Blood of Jesus, inside the sphere of the Lord Jesus Christ! In That Location! Actually within Him!

The grammar here reverently portrays us believers as living inside the Sphere of our dear Saviour! Inside His world! Inside His Life! Inside His Power! Inside His Love!

Listen again to Paul in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 as he teaches: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." He also says: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being." Acts 17:27

Yes, as Believers we live in Jesus and from Him we draw our food, our breath, or very life! And through Him we also clean up our environment, a sin soaked world!

Without Him we would be nothing! Jesus said in John 15:4 "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

Yes, those little microscopic fellows floating around by the billions in the oceans teach us a lesson! It's the same lesson John gave us late in his life on earth: "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." 1st John 2:28

Christian friend, remember today that you are living "in Christ!"

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The last verse of our Text, speaking of the Lord, says: "In whose hand is the soul of every living thing." Job 12:10

We must accept the phrase "every living thing" literally. In the King James Bible the word used here, "chay," is translated as "beast" 76 times and "creature" another 15 times. However it is rendered in some form of "live" or "life" over 340 times!

This Paragraph from Job has mentioned the animals or beasts and the birds or fowls of the air as well as the fishes of the sea. In each case we are now being told that they possess a "soulish" quality. God controls the "soul" of every living thing! This noun, "nephesh," means "creature" 9 times in our Bibles. An old preacher, a real scholar, defines it as "the mind, will and emotions" of a being created by the Lord.

Yes, animals can "think," at least to some degree.

And yes, they can decide certain limited things.

And they do know fear or loneliness and maybe even sadness occasionally.

God's creatures have souls ... but not spirits!

See the rest of the verse.

"In Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:10

Now this noun "breath" translates "ruach" and means "wind" 92 times in the King James Bible, "breath" another 27 times but spirit or Spirit 232 times! The "breath" or "spirit" of mankind is exclusive to God's human creation. Animals do not have a spirit! That is the part of man that has the quality of God-consciousness. I mean when it is awakened or re-born by the Holy Spirit!

The qualifying noun "mankind" is spelled "iysh" in Hebrew and particularly means "man" in the male sense, being translated "husband" 69 times in Scripture! However, we know from other Bible locations that ladies have a "spirit" too!

The central point of today's verse is that God has "in His Hand" all life, whether animal or human!

The verse also makes a difference, a distinction, between mere animals and God's masterpiece of creation, human beings! Evolutionists are telling us today that men are merely animals in an advanced developmental state! They're wrongly telling us that I might add!

Humanity is created in the image of God!

God is almighty and in absolute control of everything, including His creation! So much so that the beasts and birds and fish can teach us things about their Creator, at least about His power and grandeur.

Therefore a good science book, when stripped of all its evolutionary lies, can be a real eye-opener ... to some of the things of God!

Yet again, if you want to know all the revealed truth about our great God ... consult the Bible, His written Word!


                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



JULY 16, 2006, SUNDAY:

The animals have been discussed. The earth also was included. Then Job said that the hand of the Lord "hath wrought" all these things!

Precisely: "Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?" Job 12:9

This is just another way of saying that the Lord "created" the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens and the fishes of the sea and even the earth itself!

But this specific verb, "wrought," is so interesting!

It is spelled "asah" in Hebrew and means "to fashion" or "to shape" or even "to put in order!"

In fact, "asah" is translated as "do" 1333 times in our King James Bible. And it is rendered "make" another 653 times. But several other times it is written "prepare, perform, dress, and maintain!" Each definition is perfectly valid.

"Asah" implies accomplishing something efficiently, mightily and valiantly.

Let's scan some of the 33 times the verb is found in the same form as here in Job 12:9. That is the "Qal" stem ... meaning simple active voice and in the "perfect" sense of time ... meaning the action is completed, and in the "3rd person singular" form.

Here goes:

In Genesis 27:17 Rebekah "prepared" ("asah") a meal! God made the animals and birds and fish and earth with forethought and care, just like Mom when she cooks a delicious meal! Also see 2nd Samuel 13:10 and Esther 1:9 and 5:12 and 6:14 for other similar examples ... with meals.

In 1st Kings 15:13 a wicked woman named Maachah "made" an idol. Can't you see them cutting and carving and shaping that old dead tree? God so designed and shaped all His creation. By the way, mankind is made in the image of God!

Here's "asah" as embroidery or needlepoint or some other creative seamstress work! "She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." That's Proverbs 31:22.

Here's the weaving process too! The godly woman of Proverbs 31 is here being described. "She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant." Proverbs 31:24

"Asah," to do or commit or fashion, can be used of one's sins too! Israel several times in Scripture "wrought" great iniquity! Here's an example of Jeremiah's usage in his great sermon against Babylon. "As she hath done, do unto her." Jeremiah 50:15

Here is Bible proof that God made this earth and all that therein is!

Furthermore, the verse implies that anyone with an open mind can easily discern God's creative Hand in His work!

I wish I had space to print the whole Text right here. Well, I think I will! "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:7-10

For me that settles it!  

God is The Creator!

And his creation glorifies His dear Name!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



JULY 15, 2006, SATURDAY:

It's used in the Bible 36 times, including our Text here! "The Hand of the Lord hath wrought this," says Job.

Yes, the expression "the Hand of the Lord" is one of the most powerful in Scripture!

It can be used in a context of judgment. When Pharaoh refused to give Israel her freedom, "the Hand of the Lord" brought certain plagues upon his land! See Exodus 9:4. Yet Joshua 22:31 implies that one can be delivered from God's chastisement, from "the Hand of the Lord," by obedient living. "But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers." 1st Samuel 12:15.

Also "the Hand of the Lord" can administer death. At least God's people the Jews thought so. Of course they were grumbling in Exodus 16:3 when they said so! Deuteronomy 2:14 even mentions the fact that "the Hand of the Lord" destroyed a whole generation of rebellious Israelites! But "the Hand of the Lord" could also be against the enemies of the Jews, the Philistines for example. See 1st Samuel 7:13.

Joshua 4:34 tells us that "the Hand of the Lord" is mighty!

For Elijah "the Hand of the Lord" could give great strength! "And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel." 1st Kings 18:46

"The Hand of the Lord" came upon Elisha and he preached powerfully! That's recorded in 2nd Kings 3:15. Similarly Ezra had "the Hand of the Lord" upon his work according to Ezra 7:28.

And for Job "the Hand of the Lord" is the agent of creation itself! He said so in Job 12:9. The animals and fishes and birds and even earth itself reveal God's omnipotent life-giving Hand! Isaiah has a compatible passage where he declares: "That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it." Isaiah 41:20

God's "Hand" also directs world government! "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." Proverbs 21:1

"The Hand of the Lord" can literally shake in anger! Isaiah the Prophet again thunders: "In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it." Isaiah 19:16

God's Hand can hold a cup also, a "cup of His fury!" See Isaiah 51:17. Also notice Psalm 75:8 which reads: "For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them."

But it is Ezekiel who most uses the term! Seven different times in his Prophecy do we read about "the Hand of the Lord" resting upon His servant! Here's a familiar example: "The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones ...." Ezekiel 37:1

The same is said of John the Baptist, even before he was born! "And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him." Luke 1:66

But today, being Saturday, I want to accent yet one more "the Hand of the Lord" verse. I dedicate it to the Preachers who tomorrow will be standing in pulpits across the land, preaching the powerful and living Word of God! "And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies." Men, especially look at the words: "And the Hand of the LORD shall be known toward His servants." May it be so in your ministry this weekend! Isaiah 66:14.

See that verb "be known?" In Hebrew it is "yada" and can have a vast range of meaning.  It can occasionally suggest mere acquaintance with someone ... or at other times just a deeper familiarity with an individual .,. but regularly it Biblically indicates full and intimate fellowship!

How well do we "know" God's Hand?

But, still discussing Isaiah 66:14, look what happens to the enemies of God's servants, or at least to the enemies of God! "And the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies."

God's Hand FOR His people!

God's Hand AGAINST His enemies!

That's an appropriate meditation for today, a day when the Middle East is exploding in war!

There too, God has His people ... and His enemies!

It is to the Jews, the nation of Israel, that God says: "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." That's Isaiah 62:3.

And all I can say is ... Amen!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



july 11, 2006, tuesday:

The fish can talk?

Not literally, but figuratively they sure can!

Job advises us when it comes to God's Power and creative ability to ask  "the fishes of the sea." And the assured answer returns that they "shall declare unto thee" some great things about "the Hand of the Lord!"

Now that verb "declare" is interesting. It is spelled "saphar" in Hebrew and means "to count or number" or even "to reckon" ... then "to tell." In this identical form it is used of people praising God in Psalm 107:22.

Let's put Job's charge all together: "Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?" Job 12:8-9

But how can the fishes teach us?

Why, everyone knows that fish often live in schools!

Of course I mean this as a play on words, but it is nonetheless true!

And it is obviously impossible that tiny fish have learned or acquired or evolved this instinct to "school!" They do so from birth!

I have been told that some schools of fish number up to a million little swimmers!

But again, why do they swim together in such giant numbers?

Apparently it is for their protection! It is nearly impossible to single out just one fish when so many are moving in harmony and unison!

Yet when they are frightened or chased by a predator, they scatter in a hundred different directions, never colliding with their neighbor! It is as if they can tell which direction their brothers are going before they even start!

They can! Here's how. Schooling fish have special little organs called "lateral lines." These run along the whole length of the fish, just under their skin. These little organs have little hairs in them that acutely sense the water pressure. This "navigation" device is so sensitive that it can determine subtle differences in the speed and direction of the fishes all around! This ability enables the fish to avoid any collisions and escape an approaching enemy!

Look at this!

The Creator God, our Redeemer, Who made the fish, equipped them to swim in vast schools for numerical safety. Then He simultaneously designed them to be able to wisely scatter like exploding fireworks when a predator comes near! I mean to scatter unharmed!

This is not some "survival of the fittest" quirk! Rather, it is evidence for design! Here is another example of God's purposeful creation of earth and all its creatures.

Fish in schools, for safety!

There was a day when American schools provided safety!

Preachers could go there and learn God's Word without fear of being taught damnable doctrines. Children could attend and still learn good wholesome subjects. The last place in the country one would expect danger is in school! But that has all changed!

Yet we people do not have the discernment the fishes have!

When the devil's predators come, we do not scatter! We stay in our schools!

That money! Those degrees! Influence! Power! Political correctness! These are more important that spiritual safety! At least it seems so to millions of Americans!

And by staying in our schools, we are losing our faith and being eaten alive by Satan and his cohorts!

Lord, help us!

Make us as wise as the fishes of the sea!

                                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The "earth" even can teach us about the Lord!

In Job 38:4-7 God asks Job some questions. "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

God is the Creator!

He just said that He laid the "foundations" of the earth.

Geology tells us something about this. Listen to the earth "speak" now! You see, geology is simply the study of the earth! Discovering what the planet on which we live is teaching us!

The noun for "foundations" above, the underlined word, is spelled "eden" in Hebrew. It means "sockets!" The word is used 56 times in the King James Bible. In 55 of those locations it is translated "socket" or "sockets." And only 1 time is it translated "foundations."

God has placed sockets underneath the vast continental land masses of earth! Foundations on which they rest!

So Job says!

So the earth says as we study it more and more!

"Eden," the Hebrew noun, is often used of the sockets in the Tabernacle into which the boards and pillars of the building were placed!

Geologists (again, scientists who study the earth) are learning that the foundational rock (mantle rock) under the oceans is as little as 2 miles think in some places. But the rock under the continents is as much as 300 miles thick!

What's the point, Brother Bagwell?

If these measurements are accurate, look what God has done!

By the way, any inaccuracy is not on the Lord's part, but simply on man's measuring ability!

God has built some solid foundations on which to place the continents of our world!

I mean 300 mile thick foundations!

And He has "fastened" the land masses to these foundations! This verb is spelled "taba" and means "to sink into" or "to be planted!"

These facts, when considered as a whole, sure do indicate design and purpose in the formation of earth!


Sounds like the earthly continents are anchored quite securely!


A Creator God Who has done exactly what He said!

We are just now learning to see His Fingerprints ... from the day He laid the foundations for our world!


The earth has just taught us something about the Wisdom and Power of God!

Thank you, Lord!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Text, Job 12:7-10, continues by instructing us to "speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee."

Even the earth is created by God. This is such a fundamental truth that it is taught in the very first verse of the Bible. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1

The verb used here for speak is spelled "siyach" and of course means "to talk or speak," but also "to meditate or ponder or muse" about a subject!

The first time these consonants are used in the Bible, the "s" and "y" and "ch" letters of the Hebrew alphabet, they are found in Genesis 2:5. There the word is translated "plant," the green vegetation growing from the earth!  When we ask the earth about our great God, it often answers by saying "study the growth that rises from my soil!" The vegetables and fruits and flowers and trees! These words, "speak" and "plant," appear identical! Only their vowel points vary!

And, according to Job, what do these earthly things do?

They "teach" us certain things about God, their Creator!

Teach, the verb, is "yarah" in Hebrew. Its initial or root meaning is "to throw or to hurl" something! In the King James Bible it is even translated "shoot" 18 times and "archers" 5 more times! But "teach" 42 times and "teacher" 4 more times! It pictures an instructor taking a sliver of truth and hurling it right into our hearts, lodging it there permanently!

Now that is a metaphor!

By the way, this concept of teaching is not unlike the Old Testament's main verb for "teach," which is "lamed." Lamed is an ox goad in the Hebrew's vocabulary, another sharp pointed object!

Consider the earth in Scripture. Its mountains and valleys and plains and deserts and oases. Think of the geography of Jesus' Life alone! Geography just means the study ("logos") of the earth ("geo") really!

Once Jesus called God the Husbandman! That word, in Greek now, means earth worker! God is not only the Creator of earth, but also The Guardian and Caretaker of earth! Said Jesus in John 15:1 ... "I am the True Vine, and My Father is The Husbandman."

I then guess the earth can teach us!

Once, in 1st Kings 20, we learned that our God is not only the God of the hills or mountains! But also He is God of the valleys too!  

That's the earth teaching us, folks!

And didn't the earth teach us the day Jesus was buried?

We soon learned that death and darkness and the grave could not hold Him, could not keep Him!

The earth of necessity gave us The Dead One and Jesus arose victoriously and literally!

In all likelihood the earth could teach us for the rest of our lives! I mean teach us amazing things about the Creator God Who has also become our Redeemer!

That's just amazing!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Job 12 Text printed above says that the fowls of the air can teach us some things about God and His power and creativity!

I was studying earlier today about the spoonbill, a large wading bird. I say large because the adult is about 32 inches long with a wingspan of three to four feet! One could also say that this is a bird that eats with a spoon! Its bill is so designed by the Creator so that the bird can sweep it back and forth in the water, collecting its lunch or supper! Nerves at the edges of that bill cause it to shut tight when a fish enters the mouth canal!

Perhaps the most beautiful of the spoonbills is the roseate, which lives along the coasts as far south as Argentina and as far north as our Gulf coast. As its name suggests the bird is pink with crimson reddish tones on its shoulders.

Now get this!

The bird receives its color from the food it eats!

The sea creatures that comprise its diet are rich in carotene, which is orange-reddish in hue!

Colored by the food it eats!

The spoonbill takes on the appearance of its diet!

Spiritually speaking ... so do we Christians!

What we eat mentally or emotionally colors our actions and ultimately impacts our appearance!

It's not hard to tell if a man or woman has been on a steady and rich diet of the Word of God!

Or nibbling on the things of this world!

Such things become exceedingly visible!

James says that the implanted Word can save our souls! Make us "crimson" in color, by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! "Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21

A bird just indirectly taught us a spiritual lesson, a valuable one!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The snake is a cobra.

It is poisonous.

It inhabits parts of Africa, India, China and Malaysia.

It can bite its prey, causing ultimate death.

BUT it can also spit its venom at an approaching enemy!

This includes humans!

The venom, called neurotoxin, if accurately aimed at one's eye ... can cause intense pain, blindness, and if introduced into the bloodstream, death!

A spitting snake!

This fact argues for keeping one's distance!

A cobra can accurately spit, usually hitting its target, up to a range of eight feet!

I see here a spiritual lesson.

The snake, a Bible picture of Satan, is dangerous!

Of course one spiritually desires to stay away from such personified Evil!

We are at times taught in Scripture to "flee" the devil and his lusts!

But, think about this.

One can maintain his or her distance, "separated" from sin, and still get "hit!"

Hit by flying venom, hot deadly poison, airborne!

Most usually through the "eye" gate, too!

What bountiful spiritual lesson this cobra affords us!

Folks, not only should we stay away from sin!

We should even remove ourselves from its neighborhood!

Maybe this is why Paul says to abstain from the very appearance of evil!

Stay away from lust and theft and hatred and idolatry and all other forms of sin!

Far away!

Out of "spitting distance" even!

Think of this.

The good Creator, our Lord God Himself, has made a snake that typically illustrates for us the danger of being too close to the devil!

Thank you, Lord!

Hey, the beasts really can teach us!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee," so writes Job in one of his great paragraphs about God's creation!

That verb "ask" translates "shaal" in Hebrew and means "to enquire," but occasionally can even mean "to beg!"

The Bible position on God's world of creation is one of a student approaching his textbook! Learn from the animals! They in some amazing ways reflect various aspects of their Creator! He has made them to teach us about God's wisdom and power. This verb, ask, is in the imperative mood here. God is commanding that we do so!

The noun for "beasts" is "behemah" and has become an English "loan word," behemoth! It means anything huge, especially an animal or sea creature.

It's quite striking that the Bible says such creatures can "teach" us! Not the usual word for "teach," which is "lamad," but "yarah" is utilized here. It actually means "to throw, shoot, cast or hurl" something! In the hiphil stem it means to teach! Teaching to the Hebrew mind is throwing darts of information and truth into one's soft and receptive heart!

"Fowls," spelled "oph" in our Text, means flying creatures. Of its 71 uses in the Bible it means "fowl" 59 times and "bird or birds" 9 more times and "flying" in two or three verses. This last instance occasionally includes flying insects too. What beautiful flying animals the Lord has made! I love to watch them soar. Learning of them can be a life long activity!

The word "air" is the common Hebrew noun for "heaven," spelled "shamayim." The birds of the heavens!

Even they can "tell" us some things, some wise things! The verb is "nagad" and means to announce or report or even to expound truth!

What dignity Scripture has just heaped upon the world God created!

These animals are be respected, because it bears the fingerprints of its Maker!

Bear in mind I said "respected," not worshipped!

We will not fall victim to the error of our day, the one Paul predicted long ago. He spoke of the ungodly who "worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator." Romans 1:25

If seen through the eyes of the Spirit of God, everything becomes a conduit of knowledge and understanding and wisdom, either positively or negatively!

That sure makes every area of life exciting!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




I have just learned about a little fish. It lives in the tidal outlet waters of northeast South America. Apparently it is just called the "four eyed" fish by the people there!

Really it has only two eyes, but each eye is assigned two jobs. As the fish floats near the top of the stream the top half of each eye slightly protrudes from the water. It is looking upward for any approaching danger or any incoming food! The bottom half of each eye looks downward and all around, in case an enemy approaches from that direction!

Look! "Dual vision" it is called!

An upward look and an outward look!

The eyes of this little fish are designed that way!

Believing as we do in the Creator God ... it's easy to see His Hand in this. The "four eyed" fish is an example to us Believers! We too are to be both looking upward toward Jesus ... and simultaneously all around for the enemy!

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" says Paul in Hebrews 12:2. Or, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." Colossians 3:1

Then ... "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." The very word "circumspectly" here from Ephesians 5:16 means "looking all around!"

Where we look is critically important!

If you doubt that, ask sensual King David or worldly Lot or even covetous Achan the thief!

As I understand it this little fish basically lives in this unusual position. At the top of the river ... looking upward toward the sky and outward into the water!

What a picture of faithfulness!

Also, if the topmost part of his eyes becomes too dry, he submerges for a few seconds, going down into the water to moisten them ... but immediately coming back up to stay vigilant!

Is that not also a lesson for us Christians?

If we do sink a bit into the old world in which we live, make it brief! Resurface! Get back to the top! Stay alert! Keep looking at our dear Lord!

In fact, the science books say this little fish can't stay far down for very long. He is build with a buoyant bladder that will not cooperate with long-term deep submersion! He just can't live way down there!

Need I say any more?

A true Believer can't stay in the world too long either!

Not a Blood washed child of God!

He or she is built differently!

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1st John 2:15

Can't the fish really teach spiritual truth?

God made them that way!

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Oh, let me add one more thing about this "four eyed" fish! As he swims in the river his protruding eyes leave a "wake" or a "path" in the water! As you know such "paths" are prone to made the shape of a "V" as the fish moves upriver! This little fish's signature is a set of "V" trails following his forward progress! Get it? Keep your eyes heavenward ... and "V" or victory will be yours! The key to victory is certainly found in concentrating of Christ Jesus our Lord!




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