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The Hoopoe

Birds are fascinating creatures and not to mention, extremely beautiful. They can vie for beauty pageants! Case in point, the punk rocking Hoopoe (pronounced ‘hu-pu’ which is EXACTLY how they sound like!), the national bird of Israel.

Image: The exotic Hoopoe

🐦 In Deuteronomy 14:18, the hoopoe is listed as one of the birds not to be eaten.

🐦 Hoopoes are named after the sound of their call. Their name is a combination of the Latin “upupa” and the Greek “epops” hence the punchline “upupa epops”.

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Image: The Eurasian Hoopoe in flight

🐦 The female prefer to nest in holes of tree trunks, cliffs, walls, and even birdhouses! The female stays inside the nest until the eggs hatch. Some will close up the nest as much as possible leaving only an opening for daddy bird to bring food.

🐦 African Hoopoes are not sociable birds, and they are generally found in pairs or singular.

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Image: The African Hoopoe

🐦 The hoopoe became the national bird of Israel in 2008 winning over the likes of the bulbul, warbler, and finch.

The Hoopoe is quite the singer! Watch this video via Wildlife World to listen to the Eurasian Hoopoe sing and stay to see it in flight.

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Reference/s: justbirding.com; fromthegrapevine.com; YouTube

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Bible Activity/Discussion

Who is Jesus?

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Deuteronomy 6:4

Sit for a moment and reflect on what the words “Jesus Christ” mean to you? What emotion/s does your heart evoke when you think about Him? Are you filled with joy at the thought of His imminent return? Do you get a glimpse of God in Him?

Jesus was there. He was with God at the beginning (John 1:1-4), God loved Him before the creation of the world (John 17:24) and the New Testament reveals the God of the universe in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). The words Jesus Christ are not a first and last name as some are led to believe; they’re actually a name and a title. The name Jesus means “the Lord saves” or “Jehovah-Savior” and Christ means “anointed one”; it was derived from the Greek word for Messiah. 

“I am the true vine

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:1;5

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Jesus willingly and humbly came to earth to be sacrificed for our sins (Philippians 2:5-8). Had it not been for Him, we wouldn’t have had a chance at salvation, and we wouldn’t have had a chance to be a part of the God family (Hebrews 2:10). When Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies that were written before His arrival here on earth, many people had no idea Who He was (John 8:53). Sadly, it is the same situation today. Many of us still have no idea Who our Savior is. 

Jesus is the preexistent Word (John 8:23), Who later became Christ, and was sent to earth by the heavenly Father (John 3:17). He came here to do the will of His Father (John 4:34) and He now sits in glory and majesty with His Father (Hebrews 8:1; 12:2). He is the Mediator between God and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the reason why we can confidently approach God’s throne (Hebrews 4:14-16). He is the Son of Man (Matthew 16:13) and the Son of God (Matthew 16:16) and through Him, we can understand God for He reflects the Father (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2-3).

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I love talking about our Savior at any opportunity that presents itself. I’ll just leave a few things I’ve learned about Christ while reading/studying the Word:

^ Jesus is THE ONLY means in which mankind can approach the Father (John 14:6).

^ He is Eternal Truth and the Source of eternal life (John 6:50-51; 11:25-26).

^ Jesus not only died for our sins, so we could be reconciled to the Father, but He is our Creator given that “all things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16).

^ Jesus was sent to earth by the heavenly Father (John 3:16-17; 34).

^ He is returning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! (Revelation 19:16). Revelation 20:4-6 paints a clear picture of what the first 1,000 years reign with Christ looks like, but His reign will continue even past the Millennium as it’s a forever one (Isaiah 9:6-7). If you haven’t repented as yet, now is the time to do so for God doesn’t want you to be left out of His family.

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In the comment section below, leave your favorite scripture or story from the Bible about our awesome amazing Creator!

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The Gulls

Gulls are found throughout the world in coastal habitats, and they’re often the largest birds along the shore. There are over 50 species of gulls that are found throughout the world, and they’re said to be intelligent and curious birds.

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🐦 Gulls have webbed feet with small talons; their webbed feet allow them to walk and take off from water. 

🐦 Gulls are capable of drinking both fresh and saltwater thanks to a pair of special glands right above their eyes. 

🐦 Seagulls often steal food from other birds, animals, and people. 

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Image: Close-up of the “Miracle of the Gulls” monument

🐦 In Utah, the seagull is the bird of the state. They’re remembered for helping Mormon settlers deal with a plague of crickets and a monument in Salt Lake City known as the “Miracle of the Gulls” fondly commemorates the event.

🐦 The Little Gull is the smallest in the gull species, while the largest is the Great Black-beaked Gull. 

Gulls are mischievous, tricky, finders keepers with serial killer eyes (well, some of them) and you can see some of them in action via Fun and Positive TV:

 

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Reference/s: Top Ten: Birds (book); softschools.com; onekindplanet.org; YouTube

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