Thursday, January 1, 2015

BBC Earth: recommended by God of Israel

Defending His role as the Creator, the God of Israel tells Job to look at nature and animals, in this section to admire hippopotamus (behemot)

“Look at Behemoth,
    which I made along with you
    and which feeds on grass like an ox.
What strength it has in its loins,
    what power in the muscles of its belly!
Its tail sways like a cedar;
    the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
Its bones are tubes of bronze,
    its limbs like rods of iron.
It ranks first among the works of God,
    yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
The hills bring it their produce,
    and all the wild animals play nearby.
Under the lotus plants it lies,
    hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;
    the poplars by the stream surround it.
A raging river does not alarm it;
    it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
Can anyone capture it by the eyes,
    or trap it and pierce its nose?"
Job 40:15 - 24 NIV
Today, hippos are extinct in Levant but we can, of course, travel to Africa to see them in nature. It is also possible to see some lazy ones well fed in a zoo.

But if you really want to face what God of Israel is talking about - watch BBC Earth.

Not only the legendary voice of Sir David Attenborough, the exquisite photography and fabulous editing make it worth your time. For where else can you look at hippos and other animals and plants in this way that simply leaves us speechless...

the way much suffering Job closed his mouth and stopped complaining against God when he looked at the magnificence of creation.

Then Job answered the Lord:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.”
Job 40:3 - 5