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Bible Lessons From the Stork

Bible Lessons From the Stork

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. RICHARD NEWTON


THE STORK.

" The trees of the Lord are full of sap ; the cedars of Lehanorif which he
hath planted ; where the birds make their nests : as for the stork, the fir
trees are her house. " — Ps. civ. 16, 17.
BY REV. RICHARD NEWTON


THE STORK.

" The trees of the Lord are full of sap ; the cedars of Lehanorif which he
hath planted ; where the birds make their nests : as for the stork, the fir
trees are her house. " — Ps. civ. 16, 17.

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BIBLE LESSOS FROM THE STORK BY REV. RICHARD EWTOTHE STORK." The trees of the Lord are full of sap ; the cedars of Lehanorif whichhehath planted ; where the birds make their nests : as for the stork, the firtrees are her house. " — Ps. civ. 16, 17.WE come to-day to the lessons which we learnfrom the Stork — the large, wide-winged,migratory bird so frequently alluded to in the Bible.The stork has very many interesting and singularqualities. We will study some of these, and find outwhat we can about the stork.There are a number of references to the stork inthe Bible. One of these is in Jeremiah viii. 7 : " Yea,the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times ;and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observethe time of their coming ; but my people know notthe judgment, of the Lord." Another mention of thisbird occurs in Zechariah v. 9 : " Then lifted I up mineeyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out twowomen, and the wind was in their wings ; for theyhad wings like the wings of a stork : and they liftedup the ephah between the earth and the heaven."Still another place where the stork is mentioned is inDigitizedbyGoogk 
 
THE STORK.THE STORK.the 11th chapter of Leviticus, 19th verse: "And thestork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, andthe bat." Still another reference to the stork is inJob xxxix. 12 (Revised Version): "The wing of theostrich rejoiceth; but are her pinions and feathersDigitizedbyGoogk THE STORK, 209kindly ? " or as it is in the margin, " are her featherslike the stork ?" which shows us that the stork wasconsidered as the symbol of the bird that was kindor benevolent.From all these passages we learn, in the first place,that the stork was a bird, as it is mentioned in con-nection with other birds, and is said to have wingsand feathers. We find out from these passages, too, thatthe stork is a migratory bird ; that it builds its nestupon fir-trees or high places ; and that it is a very
 
large-winged bird.The word used for stork in the Hebrew is chasaidah,and it comes from the word cheaed, which means" benevolence : " this contains the idea of mercy, andbenefit, and pity. According to some writers, the namewas given to the stork because it was supposed to bea bird remarkable for its filial pity ; for the storks intheir turn support their parents in their old age. Theyallow them to rest their necks on their bodies duringtheir flight; and if the elders are tired, the youngones take them on their backs. According to others,this name is given to the stork because it exerciseskindness towards its companions in bringing themfood. But in all cases the derivation of the wordcomes from the idea of benevolence or kind-heartedness.Birds have a way of communicating their ideas toone another, and of showing kindness to their com-panions and friends. A gentleman who has beenstudying bird habits writes in one plfitce : — DigitizedbyGoogk 210 THE STORK." I have closely observed the woodcock's system of telegraphy. The bird's raandibles are furnished withextremely sensitive nerves, so arranged that when thepoint of the bill rests upon the ground the slightestsounds are conveyed to its brain. Standing upon thewater-saturated earth of a spongy bog, our bird utters

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