Today’s Sophy (part 17)
Man! Like Birds?
Matthew 6:26 reads Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?
That causes me to wonder why would Jesus compare man to birds? A reasonable answer is man’s creation stories, primarily in Genesis 1:26-2:25.
In those passages we find man of both genders living environmentally like birds in chapter 1 and in chapter two we find a single man formed from the dust before being taken to a garden where he lived alone. Could this latter man have been provided a nest on the ground to cause Jesus to say that? Let us Compare the two species and see.
Adam, being formed from the dust may suggest he didn’t have hair on his body. Chicken raising people know chickens, a bird, lay their eggs in a nest where the egg hatches with no feathers. All man babies, except for the heads of kinky-haired Africans, are born completely hairless also. The Birds are unable to move until their feathers grow and can’t get out of their nests until their wing feathers are strong enough for them to fly. Man’s babies can’t crawl nor turn over until they gain strength enough to turn over and later crawl out of the nest. Thus birds and man have a similar beginning and since Nebuchadnezzar grew hair all over his body after being evicted from kinghood we can believe man had it in our beginning days especially since most animals are born with it and we have hair follicles over most of our bodies.
The difference between man’s and birds’ feeding of their young is man nurses their young by their breast while birds gets their chicks’ food from where it grew and bring it back to feed them mouth to mouth. But they both lay in their own body’s waste and didn’t consider it nasty nor any of the other judgmental adjectives man believe in.
If you have noticed, especially in the spring of the year, after the baby birds grow feathers they follow, I believe, the mother to a field where they pick and mouth feed the babies from where it grows so they know where to find it. Man didn’t make things to carry their children so the child was left in the nest until it crawled out. However, Adam had no memory of his mother so we must believe The Voice instructed him to eat berries, fruit, grains, nuts and plant leaves. Thus we can also see how Adam was instructed not to eat from the knowledge of good and evil and a parallel of the two. That explains …
… Man Are Like Birds …
in many ways and explains why Jesus used them rather than animals. Few animals, if any, are born hairless and unable to walk at birth. Jesus said Take no thought of your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on … behold the fouls of the air, they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. He’s implying that although God made man to live hairless because of shame we are still able to survive in all climates without them. Either we are able to migrate to warmer climates according to the year’s seasons and/or accept the weather changes without clothes.
My profile’s photo and one in my photos is how I have lived since 1984. I arrived in New York City around May 1981 after mostly walking from Decorah, Iowa where I had purchased a pair of sandals for traveling in. Although their soles were made form an auto’s tire the way the leather straps were attached was not constructed for walking and were replaced before reaching the city. At $13 a pair I decided not to wear shoes again. The following year, playing Frisbee in Washington Square Park with tight cut off jeans their legs began to open and reached the waistband and I decided not to wear long pants again. Because most of the time I was without a shirt, in 1983 I refused to wear shirts—except when required for either of the three. And in August 1984, after fulfilling an early childhood dream saying return to Grambling, Louisiana, my birth home, I arrived with only shorts and a bedroll. Thus, I have experienced being dressed in only my habit shorts as much as 2 feet of snow and temperatures I know were 3 degrees F.
In Concluding ...
… Jesus was saying we can live without clothes but it requires the New Birth like a tadpole’s becoming a frog. Frogs can not live in the water although they can swim very well. Water is to frogs what civilization is to Born Again Into Man from woman—woven from man—that man became after the knowledge of good and evil eating. Man are able to live among woman in civilization for a short while but must basically remain alone with God as so many of Jesus’ teachings has instructed us.
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