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The Dramatic Rescue of Lobby Joe

Awe Man Love (Divine)

Source: “Returning A Lobster To Its Home, 2,000 Miles Away,” By Joanne Hong, Jun 3, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-21

Scripture: Psalms 8:4 ; Psalms 144:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Joanne Hong, with wimp.com, reports:

The last thing you expect to do when you make a trip to the grocery store is save a life, especially one that most people tend to overlook - a lobster’s. Lobsters, even rare ones, don’t get the same amount of love or attention that other animals do. There are countless animal rescue stories out there, including rescues of exotic animals, such as otters, lions, bears, and even turtles. However, there probably isn’t another story like this about a lobster, which is why it is so special.

It was just a day like any other when Christine Loughead met her lobster. While shopping at her local grocery store in North Ontario, she spotted the special guy, all alone and awaiting his fate, and immediately jumped into action. She told BuzzFeed Canada that she was standing in the meat section ... when she saw the lobster she later named Lobby Joe. 

That's when Loughead decided to purchase Lobby Joe for $20.23 and send him back to his home in the Atlantic Ocean. She filled a styrofoam cooler with ice packs and newspaper and placed Lobby Joe inside. Then Loughead and her boyfriend set off on a six-hour drive to the UPS location in Winnipeg, to ship the live animal to a friend who agreed to set Lobby Joe free. 

APPLICATION

This story is newsworthy because it is unheard of that someone would set out to save a crustacean.  A lobster hardly seems worth the trouble.

That describes how the Psalmist felt when he thought about all the trouble God was willing to go through for us.  In disbelief, he wrote, “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:4, NASV).

You and I are like Lobby Joe, condemned to die, waiting for our fate. But then, for reasons hard to explain, Jesus decided to give up everything to rescue us. The Cross of Christ is newsworthy because a holy God choosing to die for sinful man defies all reason.  It is not only newsworthy, it is awe inspiring.

“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4, ESV).

Crocodiles More Trustworthy Than Men

Human Nature Trustworthy Man

Source: “Pet Project: Indonesia considers crocodiles for prison guards” Postmedia Network, Nov 10, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-29

Scripture: James 3:9 ; Proverbs 25:19

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According to the U.K. Guardian:

Indonesia's anti-drug czar wants to build a prison on an island and staff it with crocodiles because, as he correctly explains, "You can't bribe crocodiles."

"You can't convince (crocodiles) to let inmates escape," Budi Waseso told local media.

The proposed prison was inspired by the croc-filled island in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. The Guardian further quotes Waseso as saying,

"We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile."

The prison will house death row drug convicts, the report says. 

APPLICATION

Rather than search for more trustworthy men, this anti-drug czar has decided that it’s a lot easier to find more ferocious crocodiles. That’s because a croc can be depended on, while the duplicitous nature of man, by contrast, cannot.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (James 3:9-10).

Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble (Proverbs 25:19).

Sizing Each Other Up

Judging Man Creation/Creationism

Source: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Richard Swenson, p.65

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:5 ; Matthew 7:1

Author: Richard Swenson
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  • “If we were to take all of the DNA out of a single cell and stretch it out, it would be over five feet long.
  • “This same DNA is so thin that it is only 50 trillionths of an inch wide.
  • "A strand of DNA stretched to the sun would weigh only on-fifth of an ounce.
  • “If you took all the DNA from all the cells in the body and squeezed it together, it would fit inside an ice cube.
  • “If you were to take this same DNA from all the cells and stretch it out end to end, it would reach between 10 billion and 170 billion miles.” This huge disparity of range is accounted for because all estimations are in fact theoretical.
Richard A. Swenson, MD, is a medical doctor and award winning author of several acclaimed books. He travels extensively, speaking to a variety of business, denominational and government groups on issues of faith and reason, stress, complexity, social change, and management.

APPLICATION

These amazing facts about our DNA are just a small part of what makes us who we are--a portion of our physical selves that can be scientifically quantified. But there is so much more to being a human being than having DNA. We possess other important dimensions, like soul, spirit, emotions and psyche, which are intangible and can’t begin to be quantified.

So, the next time you think you can size someone up by their appearance or a first impression, think again. There are depths to every person that just might stretch light years. Don't presume to be able to judge another person—their motives, their heart, their worth. If you can't even comprehend what is quantifiable in someone else, how can you hope to comprehend what isn't?

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God" (1 Corinthians 4:5).

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Evil Rocks Aplenty

Evil Sin Nature Man

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

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Pale Visages

Perspective Creation/Creationism Man

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2013-01-26

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Man Matters

God's Image Creation/Creationism Man

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Scripture: Genesis :

Author: Philip Yancey
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So Small, Yet So Big

Man Human Worth Creation/Creationism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-04

Scripture: Psalms 8:3

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When Evil Became Good

Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

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The Problems Of The Two-Headed Snake

Worldliness Unreliable Decision Making

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-09-27

Scripture: James 1:7 ; James 4:8

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Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

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