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2010年12月05日Daniel Chen The Church - Learning from the Rock Hyrax 教會—從岩蹄兔學習



The Church - Learning from the Rock Hyrax

Psalm 30:24, 26

24Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

26The (AG)shephanim are not mighty people, Yet they make their houses in the rocks;

- God allows us to glean lessons from His creation

- A few key words about these verses

- Shephanim is the modern day Rock Hyrax

- Rock Hyrax is small, but exceedingly wise

- Rock Hyraxes are not a mighty people, but build their houses in the rocks

- Rock Hyrax is medium sized mammal around 4kg

- Resembles guinea pig but closer to elephants as they have 2 incisors and

- Rock Hyrax likes to dwell in cliffs, they have soft padded feet that allows them to climb on rocky terrain in the cliffs

- They live in natural rock crevices and dens, their claws are not very conducive to digging homes on their own, so they dwell in pre-existing holes and dig out the dirt

- They live in groups of around 50, usually one male 20 females and the young

- They spend 95% of their time resting

- They spend much of that time sun-bathing to help them regulate their body temperature

- They don’t regulate body temperature well, so they depend on their dens, the sun, and on another to keep warm

- They have sentries (watchmen) that take a high vantage point to warn of dangers

- When they eat, they feed in groups and their heads face outward from the group, allowing them to notice predators.

- In Israel, the rock hyrax is rarely preyed on by terrestrial predators due to the system of sentries and their reliable refuges.

- Rock Hyraxes are very social, and have 21 different vocalizations between howls, squeaks, and gruns.

- They tend to be very noisy as they communicate with each other

Lessons learned

- Live in high places (seated with Christ in the Heavenlies) Eph. 2:6

- Reliance on other members for warmth and safety, alone they are very weak 1 Thes. 5:11

- Reliance on the Lord, our Sun to provide light and heat John 8:12, Psalm 119:105

- Sentries in the Body, Christ is our ultimate sentry Acts 20:28, 1 John 2:13

- Fellowship Phil 2:1, 1 John 1:3

- Alert through the Spirit Acts 20:31, Luke 21:36

- Ought to rest in the finished work of the Lord

- Abide in Christ John 15

- Hide in the cleft of the Rock Matthew 16:13, 18

- Upon this Rock I will build my Church


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