Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Do Not Feed Birds – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verse 17
17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Do Not Feed Birds
There’s a handful of different directions that one could go with this verse. In this devotional, we’ll take a look at three of them.
A Warning for Children
Hey kids, do not feed birds, it can hurt. I’m fairly certain that many of us parents wish that our kids would see a verse like this and take it literally. Why? For their own good, and our own piece of mind.
At the same time, we don’t want them to think that the Father is out to get them if they wind up stepping one toe out of line, right? That’s not the kind of thing that the Bible is talking about when it says to “Fear the Lord” (unless of course you’re an enemy of the Lord, then a different fear applies).
So why such a graphic verse? Reasons why can be determined if we look past the poetic structure of the verse, and discover a cause and effect.
You’ll wind up Dead
If we aim to raise up a child in the way they should go, we’re doing our job as parents. But some kids despite how hard we try, couldn’t care less of the things we say, or the lessons we try and convey.
In time, this rejection of sense and reasoning can lead them into a place where they could literally wind up dead. How do I come to this conclusion from the verse above?
Do not feed birds your eyeballs shouldn’t be a lesson that would have to be taught to a fully functioning person no matter the age. How many of us (even when we were kids) would just lay there and allow a bird to start hammering away at our eyes? One would hope that you wouldn’t have. You’d do whatever it would’ve taken to shield yourself or smack the bird away before it took its prize.
But the dead have no such defenses against birds of prey, and wind up an easy and quick meal. The verse above is the Lord telling us the end result, rather than talking about his attitude toward unruly and disobedient children.
Not as some would assume, as being God’s vengeance against children or those who’ve made it into adulthood being so disobedient and disrespectful. It’s a result and a consequence rather than a punishment.
Being Blind to Sense
Say the verse above is referring to someone who wasn’t disobedient toward his parents unto death, but made it into adulthood unscathed. Perhaps the diligence of his parents outweighed his own foolishness.
That person is going to head out and into the world completely blind. Sure, as it relates to worldly things or just “getting by,” he may do well enough to keep himself alive. But he’s got no clue of the disadvantages he harbors.
The ravens and the young eagles in this sense could be viewed as users, abusers, or anyone that’s willing to take advantage of someone who doesn’t know better. These are the types of people who invented the whole idea of “fine print.”
The world is packed full of these kinds of predators, without a doubt. And when a person who thinks they already know it all and has spent his life disregarding the wisdom and lessons that his parents attempted to teach, he winds up sorry for it sooner than later.
How could the verse above be a prophetic verse any further than a warning of what is to come to disobedient children? Well, we need to switch it up a bit, and place ourselves in the shoes of the child despite our age.
We’ll also need to remove our parents and replace them with the Father, God Almighty. Okay, that’s easy enough, but how does that translate into being prophetic?
Something strange is going to happen in the end times (deep into the end times), that connects to this verse, should we understand it the way I’ve described, between man and God the Father.
As Christians we often her about the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” being a time of great rejoicing as we have become physically present with the Lord, and is thought to be as a great reunion of sorts, between all the saints of God, and the Lord himself. But there is another supper spoken about, this one not so good.
This different supper isn’t for those that love the Lord, but rather for those who have gathered together against him. And though they’ve invited themselves, the ones who will be dining aren’t people, but the fowl of the air. I believe that the verse above could very well be, a glimpse into the reasoning behind the actions that will be taken on that day.
A people who have rejected and despised the instruction of the Lord and live to have his Word and influence removed from the face of the earth. Just as the child who despised obedience and mocked his parents.
At least that’s how it seems, when we observe the attitude toward the Father that these people will have during these days to come. See the scriptures from Revelation below for this end times prophetic reference.
Do not feed the birds folks, give your heart to Jesus Christ and believe in he whom the Lord sent to deliver us from such a fate, by so great a salvation.
Related New Testament Scripture
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Thank you for your Word, all of your warnings, and for your intentions toward us. Help us to put into practice all of the lessons you have made available to us. Forgive us when we’ve been too high minded, prideful, disobedient, and arrogant, toward your lessons be they for this life or the one to come afterwards with you. Place within all of us a willing and available heart toward you Father, and open the eyes of our understanding relating to all things. All so that we can be better and more effective servants, and so we live life the way that you have intended. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
While reading this devotional “Do not feed the Birds,” can you think of another way that this verse can be interpreted while still staying true to scripture?
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