It’s more than a bee

I’m pretty certain there is but one insect that supplies food for man, and that is the bee. Honey, that sweet nectar we so take for granted. It was a valuable commodity way back, heck, over 4 thousand years ago and then some.  Listen to Jacob:

And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds.

Honey in the same regard as myrrh. Nice. A gift to be given in respect, and received with thankfulness. I just appreciate the old timers, you know, the ones so lagging behind in work ethic, knowledge, manners, philosophy, and spiritual acumen.  Listen to the word of  David as he spoke of Gods words:

 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Interesting, how these men of antiquity valued the goodness of God’s words by comparison with fine gold and the honeycomb.  The not so common bee, those tireless workers and often ignored ‘annoyances,’  are very unassuming, go about their business quietly, visiting the flowers, and could care less if they are ever recognized.

And that honeycomb?  What a masterful design utilizing space; nothing is either extravagant or useless. Like a symphony with no conductor, a natural  display of awe.

In the food chain, there was no deviation from the day of Moses till the time of John, and thousands of years later, we see the simple bee still creating honey for the enjoyment of man. Nope, no need to evolve into something better, or devolve into something less. The blueprint for the honeybee has withstood earths catastrophes, and is a testament to a creator.

Solomon wrote of honey and the lips, Samuel enjoyed its favor, honey was the food of the baptist, and John the apostle said the scroll was sweet as honey. Of course the men who were so far behind the times (sarc.) wrote of the potential danger with eating too  much of a good thing:

 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

They knew all about moderation. God wants us to slowly digest and enjoy his word; line upon line, here a little there a little. Sometimes less is more. Not necessarily volume but quality.

Without the little bee, we would not have this beautiful image of the sweetness of God’s word, nor could we imagine the taste of this golden wonder called honey.  Then we have the flowers………… (tkx fantasticbetty2014)

The scents, the colors, the shapes, sizes, varieties, oh how the Creator is exquisite in all His ways. and how many of these testify also to the Creator? ‘The rose of  Sharon,’  ‘The lily of the valley,’ and a host of others that give delight to man,  and glory to God.

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29 Responses to It’s more than a bee

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Just beautiful. I especially thought the less is more, quality not quantity thing was right on. I remember when I was first saved thinking I had to read billions of chapters a day, especially since I had never actually read The Bible before then. Then I wondered why I wasn’t getting anything. I started, instead of speed reading through it all. reading the same thing over and over for several days. Smaller pieces, easily digested…tastier too. Great post, as always.

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  2. A great reminder that God is in the details, every single thing shaped by His loving hand to accomplish His purpose, to be useful, to bring us joy and all working together in harmony.
    As an added bonus, bees are tireless pollinators, no bees no flowers – what a dull world it would be without them!
    Thanks!!!

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  3. Written For Our Instruction says:

    A very well written post. And one that provides considerable thought.

    “Like a symphony with no conductor, a natural display of awe.” — a great line and one that makes me consider all that God is doing in our lives and the surrounding nature that He created. And yet, God is the conductor of this great symphony creating beautiful music for His own glory. 😉
    Well done.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      You have a very discerning eye friend. The very thing that grabbed your attention, was the one line that I struggled with the most.

      Too long, too short, too many syllables, not enough, kind of like our bee huh, you tasted the honey of my labor. 😉

      I can only add Amen- esp, for his glory-

      tkx very much

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  4. That was just lovely. Samson too, “Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.”

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, thank you for our friend the strong man, very cool, you mention him, but he did not make the directors cut ———

      maybe something about the Lion and the carcass 😉

      Possible new post for ya……
      .hmmm…….Delilah and friends —-lol

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  5. archaeopteryx1 says:

    …we see the simple bee still creating honey for the enjoyment of man.“” – I hate to break this to you CS, but bees make honey for bees, we just steal it from them.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Well arch (hello btw)

      The Owner of the hives owns the air we breathe, and the water we drink, so that pretty much makes us all thieves then huh…

      but thieves should at least thank Him for taste buds 😉

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        It never ceases to amaze me, that scientists see something, and wonder why it is, then look for demonstrable evidence as to why it should be. Theists, like yourself on the other hand, based only on the word of Bronze Age men, begin with what they believe to be the answer, and bend, warp and twist all incoming facts to make that answer appear to be the correct one.

        Wow! Simply wow!

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      That’s funny! If you are going to use that line of reasoning, what don’t we steal?

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  6. I have learned of the critical role of the honeybee in our food chain but this is remarkable how you connected it to the Living Word, slow digestion and all. Simply wonderful.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx Diana-

      I have mentioned on occasion the sweetness of certain writers words…………….

      but the older I get, and the

                        s   l o w   e r 
      
                             I read God's word, 
                                 the
                                    Sw   ee    ter
      
                                          it becomes.    
      

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  7. Colorstorm, this is VERY good – I enjoyed it. And I enjoyed the comments – Lord bless you!

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  8. David says:

    “The blueprint for the honeybee has withstood earths catastrophes, and is a testament to a creator.”

    What about the blueprints for the dinosaurs? Since the dinosaurs failed to “withstand”, can we conclude that these blueprints are not a testament to the creator?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Fair observation David-

      I would only conclude that in God’s sovereignty,
      today the bee is more important.

      (John took the scroll and to his stomach it was bitter, to his mouth it was sweet as honey.)

      Many other things probably did not survive either.
      Longer life for one thing. Tkx for visiting, reading, and commenting.

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    • David says:

      Yes, many species and higher taxonomic groups have failed to survive. So, it would appear either that their blueprints were flawed or that these species and taxonomic groups were not important to God or God’s sovereignty. Would this be accurate?

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      • ColorStorm says:

        David:

        To EVERY THING there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant………..

        I’m confident that God knows what He is doing. So no, your assessment would not be accurate.

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    • David says:

      My assessment may be inaccurate, but it was based on your statements which indicated that the bee’s existence was either due to a high quality blueprint which enable the bee to survive catastrophe or due to the bee’s importance to God or both. This appear to be your position on the matter.

      So, if a bee’s current existence is due to good blueprint and/or value to God, what can we conclude about the reasons for the current non-existence of dinosaurs? If organisms exist due to good blueprint and/or importance, then perhaps non-existence is due to bad blueprint and/or unimportance to God.

      The passage that begins “to everything their is a seasons…” simply makes the observation that organisms cease to exist. It doesn’t explain why organisms ceases to exist. It presents the data, because provides no explanation. Your statements offered an explanation for the current existence of bees, and I’m wondering if they might also allow us to explain the current non-existence of dinosaurs.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Sure sounds like there is a divine hand in all this eh, which I’m pretty certain was my point all along.

        As to the ‘why’ certain things cease to exist, that is God’s business. I’m just a reporter. 😉

        But yes, thankful for bees.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          As to the ‘why’ certain things cease to exist, that is God’s business. I’m just a reporter.

          “Faith is often the boast of the man who is too lazy to investigate.”
          ~~ F.M. Knowles ~~

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    • David says:

      Sorry, typo. Sentence in the last paragraph should read “It presents the data, but provides no explanation.”

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    • David says:

      Well, if it’s “God’s business,” then I suppose that ends the conversation. To quote Paul Simon, it appears that “the information’s unavailable to the mortal man”, right? Still, it’s odd how often theists claim to know “God’s business” when it convenient for them to do so.

      On a positive note, I’m a big bee fan myself, so at least on that we can agree.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        David-
        Your Simon reference isn’t all bad. Certain things we cannot know, ie, the age of the earth. I’m ok saying I dont know, rather than pretend my way through something.

        It’s not convenient to not know something, just that there isn’t enough info to be dogmatic.

        Yes, hooray for the bees.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Certain things we cannot know, ie, the age of the earth. I’m ok saying I dont know, rather than pretend my way through something. It’s not convenient to not know something, just that there isn’t enough info to be dogmatic.

          And yet you’re quite dogmatic about the existence of a god, while there is far more verifiable evidence of the age of the earth. The ability of some theists to bend logic into pretzels never ceases to amaze me!

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