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GOD’S WORD FOR OCTOBER 21 ~ ~ 1 Kings 17:14~ ~ “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day [that] the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.”

Many kinds of birds collect and store food for later use. However, scientists recently reported that the female red-cockaded woodpecker collects, stores and appropriately uses a dietary mineral supplement as well.

As is true for most birds, the female red-cockaded woodpecker needs additional dietary calcium at egg-laying time. Scientists tracking the female woodpeckers noticed that within a couple days of egg-laying time, the woodpeckers began gathering and hiding bone fragments found on the forest floor. Upon spying a bone fragment, the female would usually consume a few flakes of it on the spot and then carry the rest off to her “pantry” for later use. As she laid her eggs, she would frequently return to her pantry and eat more flakes from the bone. Once egg-laying was completed, the female woodpeckers showed little interest in the bone pieces.

Scientists noted that this was the first time a bird had been known to collect and store dietary mineral supplements. They all pointed out that by collecting the bone from the forest floor and storing it in trees near the nest, the female woodpeckers were avoiding the risk of attack by floor-dwelling predators.

A healthy life requires planning and maintaining health balances. For this reason, the Creator’s love for all He has made led Him to give even the animals a detailed knowledge of how to stay healthy.

The Hebrew Bible mentions six types of tree fruit, many of which appear dozens of times: 1. Grape (No plant is mentioned more times in the Bible than the grape and its products, (such as wine, raisins and vinegar. The grape vine is grown solely for its fruit; there is no other use for the vine in the Scriptures.

Figs, pomegranates (which are also engraved in the Temple, and spoken of in 8 books of the Bible ), olives, and dates are mentioned as a matter of normal living. Wild game, veal, lentils, corn, barley, as well as spices are spoken of. Olive oil is one of God’s near perfect foods. It is a virtual pharmacy for man and animals, and it was a staple food in that area of the world at that time, as it is today.

Joseph was told to store up grain in the seven years of plenty in Egypt, for the seven lean years, under God’s divine plan.

Genesis 41:49

Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.

He may lead us to do that in desperate times, but we shouldn’t be focused on storing up large amounts out of fear for what this world’s events will bring.

Our eyes should be on Him, to provide for us, or to lead us in a plan.

Matthew 6:19-20

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Luke 12:21

“Such is the one who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich in relation to God.”

Luke 12:24

“Consider the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

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