“Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.”
There can be few more majestic sights than that of an eagle in flight. It is a bird completely at home in its atmospheric environment. An evolutionist would say that it is perfectly adapted for its environment, whereas we would say it was designed to do what it does. This does not mean there has been no adaptation. The eagle is part of the family falconidae, which means it is in the same family as hawks, falcons, and kestrels. In fact, this family of birds is very large, with at least 67 species. We assume, therefore, that there were seven pairs of falconidae on the Ark, from which all of today’s species have developed by speciation.
Today’s eagles are mostly carnivorous. That is why we refer to them as “birds of prey”. Once, walking by the Toutle River, I watched as a bird of prey – I was too far away to identify which species – folded its wings up high and dove at a steep angle downwards to the water. It was like it bounced off the water as it soared upwards again with a fish gripped by the talons on its feet.
Why did God give them this ability, when He created them in a world where there was no death and where all animals were to eat plants? We cannot really know the full answer to that question, but it is clear that these wonderful birds make full use of the abilities God has given them.
Prayer: Lord, when we see the way that You have provided for the creatures that You made, we remember that You value us more than these, and we praise You. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: An Initial Estimate of Avian Ark KindsAnswers Research Journal 6 (2013):409–466. < www.answersingenesis.org/arj/v6/avian-ark-kinds.pdf >, accessed 4/24/2020. Image: A hawk in flight, Sarchia Khursheed, CC BY-SA 4.0 International.
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