Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Feast

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For some reason  I decided to back into my driveway. Soon I found out why, for out of my car window I saw birds feeding on the Pyracantha berries. The berries are mildly poisonous but the birds love to eat them. It is usually later in the season that they feast on them. I suppose some are fermented, a little wine with the meal? One year a Robin crashed into our front room window, having eaten one too many fermented berries. The Robin is an easy going bird, sometimes they come quite close when they are walking on the ground. Speaking of feasts, It was at a wedding feast that Jesus turned water into wine.

Joh 2:7  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 
Joh 2:8  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 
Joh 2:9  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 
Joh 2:10  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

The reason for feasting was the appearance  of the Cedar Waxwings. They come in flocks and often eat up most of the berries. This is a metaphor of the wedding feast in the Bible.

Mat 22:8  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 
Mat 22:9  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 
Mat 22:10  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 

I guess birds do not chew their food. They just gilp down berries as fast as they can; sort of like hungry hardworking brothers at the dinner table. 

Psa 107:5  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 
Psa 107:6  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 

What is a feast without a flock of feathered friends?

2Co 9:9  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 
2Co 9:10  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 
2Co 9:11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 

Here is a classic view of the flighty Waxwing savoring a berry as if it were a sweet Maraschino cherry. Notice the yellow tipped tail? He is decked out in his wedding garment? 

A bird of another feather appears at the feast. He is a Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Their favorite food are insects and ants. Maybe there are ants in the tree or maybe he was just curious? Not everybody can enter the feast.

Mat 22:11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 
Mat 22:12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 


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