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Re-what

Some questions regarding the usage of certain words in English:

  • Shouldn’t one have taliated first, before one can re-taliate?
  • Also, something should have been novated earlier, in order to be re-novated.
  • And a dress hearsal should happen before a dress re-hearsal.
  • How does one linquish something? Once you have linquished something, then you can re-linquish it.

But all of this is stuff you should have membered back in grammar school.

Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors.

Isaiah 46:8

Untouched

“Untouched by human hands”

That makes me wonder if it was touched by animals hands and they’ve found a loophole.

Alternatively, I suppose it could be touched by alien hands.

Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.

Genesis 27:23

Sent from Phone

I think if you want to mess with someone, a fun thing to do would be to have your email signature say “Sent from your iPhone X” or “Send from your Galaxy S8” or whatever phone you know they have.

Even better would be if they read it while at their computer, not on their phone.

But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”

Exodus 4:13

Peeves

People can have pet peeves.

That implies there are or were wild peeves. And that makes me wonder.

  • What was the natural range of the wild peeve?
  • When was the peeve domesticated?
  • Why was the peeve domesticated?
  • Of what use are they, really?
  • How did they help further society, like the horse?

Someday I may investigate this further. Any interesting findings could be published in a book with a title such as On the Domestication of the Peeve.

You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.

Job 5:22

Example of Success

I’d like to present to you today an example of success:

Colin Kaepernick

The critics might disagree, saying that he’s a washed-up quarterback who can’t play in the NFL anymore. But if your definition of success is “currently playing in the NFL”, then over 99.9% of the people in the USA are unsuccessful.

Other critics might contend that he has brought division and conflict to our country with his antics during the national anthem. That might not look like success to you, but your goals are not his goals.

What are his goals? (I haven’t asked him directly, so I’m going off common knowledge and common sense here):

He wanted the country to be aware of (and discuss) the treatment of minorities. He accomplished that, so success.

Before that, as an NFL player he wanted to get his team to the Super Bowl. He accomplished that, so success. Rather, partial success, since he probably wanted to win the game.

Before that, as a college player, he probably wanted to make it to the NFL. Again, success.

I dare say he has accomplished more and been more successful before the age of 30 than many people are in the whole lives. You can say a lot of things about Colin Kaepernick, but unsuccessful should not be one of those things.

The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.

Genesis 39:2

Land Whateverer

As far as vehicles go, there’s the Land Rover. And Toyota has the Land Cruiser. It seems to me that someone else should make an off-roady-type vehicle and name it Land Something-or-other.

Not really “something-or-other” but rather something having to do with mobility such as Cruiser or Rover.

Such as:

  • Land Wanderer
  • Land Ambler
  • Land Meanderer
  • Land Traveler
  • Land Voyager

I wonder if FCA would object to Land Voyager. And I wonder if Nash would complain that Ambler is too similar. And I didn’t even bother with Land Navigator.

Also out of the running: Land Driver. Too boring.

Honorable mention: throwing Range Rover in there and having a vehicle called the Range Cruiser.

When considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, since even the fast was already over, Paul began to admonish them.

Acts 27:9

Chicken or Egg

I never really understood the apparently age-old question of “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?”

It never made much sense to me. The chicken would have to come first, because otherwise nothing would sit on the egg to incubate it and thus it would never hatch.

Also, the Bible describes creation as God’s making the animals, so I always pictured full-grown animals being created, not eggs or infants. Can’t be infants, because they would have similar problem as the egg: not being able to survive without a parent.

Then I realized the dilemma was probably proposed by an evolutionist or someone who didn’t subscribe to the idea of creation. Because to him, it would be a problem. Okay, not really, but there are other items that are more of a puzzle if you deny creation.

Which was first: the flower or the bee?

Same dilemma – how could the flowers survive without bees (or other such pollinating insects)? And how could the bees survive without their food source of the flower? If the flower evolved first, then why would it bother having to need pollination? Or flower petals to attract bees? If the bee arrived first, then how did it survive without pollen and nectar?

Now that I think about it, the old-earth creationists might have the same problem. Because all vegetation was created on the second day, but living creatures weren’t created until the fourth and fifth days. If one interprets the word “day” as “age” or “epoch”, then none of the flowers would have survived without pollinators. You may notice I used the word “might” at the beginning of this paragraph. That’s because the Bible doesn’t describe insects specifically. Fish, yes; birds; yes; cattle, yes. I’m lumping the insects in with the living creatures, not vegetation. But one could argue – would have to argue to hold the old earth view – that insects were created with vegetation.

Which was first: the male or the female?

Same dilemma – if only one evolves, then that line is not going to survive. They would have to both evolve at the same time, and in the same place.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.

Genesis 1:24