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GOD’S WORD FOR SEPTEMBER 30 ~ ~1 John 4:16 ~ ~ “And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.”

Isaiah 49:15

“Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

Yesterday we spoke of the crocodile who patiently lets the Egyptian Plover bird pick his teeth after a meal. He could easily make the little bird a delicious after supper mint in a matter of seconds, but his Creator instilled the realization into him that the little bird was doing him a favor, and the mutual benefit was a good thing.

In view of that, what is the family life like for a pair of crocodiles?

The crocodile is among the most gentle and loving of parents. Mama crocodile lays between 40 and 80 eggs in a large nest. For the 90 days they take to hatch, she will keep close watch over them, even foregoing food so as not to leave the nest unattended. Even the father stays close to guard the eggs that are a delicacy to many animals.

At the end of this three-month watch, the babies begin to chirp from within their eggs. Before long there may be dozens of babies chirping from the nest of buried eggs. This brings the mother who carefully uncovers the eggs, one by one.

The young are only nine inches long and weigh just four ounces. Yet, the gentle and loving mother picks up each one and with a flip of her head places them in a special pouch in her mouth.

When some of the young have trouble breaking out of their shell, mama picks up the eggs and delicately works the eggs inside her mouth with her tongue, freeing the imprisoned baby. Once collected, all the young are taken to a special protected nursery where they will be just as carefully tended for months. Most amazing is that, should the mother not be present to tend to the hatchling chores, the father offers the hatchlings the very same help and care!

Family is important among most of God’s creatures. In many animals’ situations, the father helps protect and feed the young.

How much more important is the family unit in the lives of the people of God?

1Corinthians chapter 7 gives us instructions about the family unit.

Genesis 2:24 speaks of marriage:

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

The gentleness of motherhood (and parenthood) is universal in all living things. No development alone could ever do that. It takes a loving and all-wise Creator. IT TAKES GOD ALMIGHTY!!! God is Love.

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Isaiah 49:15

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

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