“So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
What is warm blooded, sits on its eggs like a hen, but flies much better than a hen, and has six legs? It’s the bumblebee.
The amazing fact that bumblebees are warm blooded was discovered after a scientist saw a bumblebee out gathering nectar one frosty cold morning. As it turned out, even with air temperatures near freezing, a bumblebee can maintain a body temperature of 95 degrees (F).
Bumblebees are made up of three body sections: the head, the thorax and the abdomen. They heat their blood in the thorax, where the flight muscles are and where the heat is most needed. This heat is regulated by its circulatory system which flows through its narrow “waist”. The blood then passes through a heat exchanger in which it is further heated by the warmer blood flowing away from the muscles. On a hot day, the bee does the neatest trick of all. It actually changes its circulatory system so that fresh blood coming to the wing muscles is not heated at all by the heat exchange system. The queen bumblebee also uses this ability to control heat to incubate her eggs at 80 degrees like a mother hen.
There is no simple form of life. What sets man apart from other life has nothing to do with warm blood, his brain or evolution. Man, created in God’s image, finds redemption only in Jesus Christ.
Dear Father in heaven, I thank You that You do not evaluate me for what I am – a sinner. Since I have forgiveness of sins through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I trust Your promise that when You look at me You see His sinless life. In His Name. Amen.
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