The Kiss of Death

September 21

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NKJV

Electricity is a wonderful thing when harnessed to give us light, to toast bread, to keep us cool, to wash our dishes, and to do a myriad of other things that we take for granted. But if we break the rules of safety when we use electric­ity, we can destroy things or even cause our own deaths. To get caught between a strong electrical current and the ground, for in­stance, means almost certain death.

We have an amazing photograph that shows four dead birds—two blue jays and two blackbirds. The cause of death is certain, but the reason the birds behaved as they did isn’t clear. A flock of birds of several kinds, mostly blackbirds, landed on some electrical wires on a damp evening. As long as the birds remained on one wire at a time and didn’t touch any of the birds on the other adjacent wires, every­thing was fine. But it appears that the birds began to squabble, and when they poked each other with their beaks they completed the cir­cuit between the wire carrying live electricity and the ground wire, killing them instantly

The accident electrocuted more than 400 birds. Most of them fell to the ground below, but some were fused to the wires with their beaks welded together In the photo you can see the results. It isn’t hard to imagine that the two blue jays got into a tiff over which would occupy that particular perch. They ap­parently started to peck at each other, and their beaks touched in a kiss of death.

When those jays got into an argument, they broke the natural safety rules. They didn’t think about what they were doing. You could say that those blue jays sinned by breaking a law of nature and that they died as a result of their sin.

The laws of nature are unbending, unmerci­ful. And the law of God is just as sure. In the Garden of Eden, when the knowledge of good met the knowledge of evil, the circuit was complete and death was the result. But—praise the Lord!—Jesus in His fathomless mercy intervened and made a way for us to live and not die.





Nature Quest – James & Priscilla Tucker