October 21, 2021, 2:00 PM

Music Blog

10-22-2021

Lemmings

Jack Gibbert

God has seen fit in his word to use many animals and vegetables to tench man a spiritual lesson, he uses the birds, ants, trees, grass of the field and even the grain of wheat. While the Bible never mentions a lemming I believe a good spiritual lesson can be learned from its unusual habit.

The encyclopedia Britannica has this to say about lemmings, they are "a small arctic mouse-like rodent... About five inches long... Their food is entirely vegetable, especially grass roots and stalks, shoots of dwarf birch, reindeer, lichens and mosses. . . The circumstance which has given popular interest to the lemming is that certain districts of the cultivated lands of Norway and Sweden, where under ordinary conditions they are unknown, are at uncertain intervals overrun by an army of lemmings. These emigrations, which usually occur every three or four years, although occasionally the interval between them is longer, are always downhill toward the sea. . . The lemmings advance steadily and slowly, regardless of all obstacles, swimming streams and even lakes of several miles in breadth and committing considerable devastation on their line of march by the quantity of food they consume. . . None returns and the onward march never ceases until they reach the sea, into which they plunge and are drowned. . . The principal facts of these emigrations seem to be that when any combination of circumstances has occasioned an increase in the number of lemmings in their ordinary habitat, impelled by a migratory instinct they begin to move toward lower-lying land. The whole body moves forward slowly, always advancing in the same general direction in which they originally started, but following more or less the course of the great valleys. . . Lemmings breed with such prodigality as actually to increase their numbers during the journey..."

 

Exodus 23:2 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

2 “You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert justice.

John 6:2-3 (New Living Translation)

2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (English Standard Version)

33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.

 

Have you ever been in an argument/disagreement with someone and found the volume of the argument seemed to get louder and louder? Almost as if the louder and stronger the arguer the greater chance they had of proving their point. Have you, a friend of yours or family member ever used the argument, “Well, everyone else is doing it?” It’s funny how these phrases isolated from the heat of the moment seem bogus yet in the moment they carry so much weight. The Bible tells us repeatedly that the way of the cross is narrow, and few are on the path. In contrast the way to destruction is wide and many are on the path. This statement should give us pause. It should make you think, “what path am I on, right now?” The lemmings in the example overpopulate an area, decimate the vegetation and then plunge into the ocean to their death. Their example is a chilling reminder that following the crowd always leads to destruction. Being politically correct in our day often means giving up on Biblical beliefs and standards. Dr. Martin is preaching on a Biblical view of sex this Sunday. I encourage to come and be a part of the service or watch it online. We as a people need to be constantly reminded that God’s standards for Christian conduct never waivers even if the entire world says we should. As we gather together let’s celebrate God’s plan and design for us and be grateful that we have a part of His eternal plan and kingdom.

Blessings,

Marty