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GOD’S WORD FOR AUGUST 20 ~ ~ Romans 13:4a~ ~ “for it is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a servant of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.”

Proverbs 21:1~ ~ “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turns it where ever He will.”

Like human society, many social insects have laws, lawbreakers and law enforcement. Researchers have now established that at least 15 species employ law enforcement.

While these insects rely on a queen as the only egg-layer of the colony, the workers are also capable of laying eggs that can hatch. One of the most common crimes in these nests is “rogue egg-laying” in which one of the workers tries to sneak some of her eggs in among the eggs laid by the queen. This is strictly forbidden. The other workers – or even the queen herself – will enforce nest law that requires the death of the offender. Then, the offender’s eggs are searched out and destroyed when found. In one experiment, researchers planted worker-laid eggs in a honeybee nest. Within 24 hours, workers had found and destroyed all but 1 percent of the eggs that had not been laid by their queen. Another researcher offered nursemaid ants a mixture of eggs, some from their queen and others laid by the workers. The nursemaids quickly stacked most of the queen-laid eggs and began to care for them. However, when they discovered a worker’s egg, the nursemaids would typically pass the egg around among themselves and then finally crush it.

It’s amazing that they can not only tell one egg from another, but to know who laid the wayward egg, out of thousands of worker bees? Besides that, each nursemaid bee knew which ones were rogue eggs. That is truly amazing!!

If the Creator God can put law and order, right and wrong, and cooperation for the common and long term good into mere insects, how much more does He have His hand in the affairs of men!!!! While He gives free will to mankind, His goal is, and always was, salvation for those who choose it, and destruction of evil for eternity. His hand is in the affairs of men.

Exodus 7:13

“And He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.”

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