by Jeff Strite

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A Message for the Birds (1 of 5)
Series: Animal Parade
Jeff Strite
Genesis 8:3-17

OPEN: An old Aztec legend tells of a man named Tapi who was a very pious man. The legend says that the creator told Tapi to build a boat that he would live in. He was told that he should take his wife, a pair of every animal that was alive into this boat. Naturally everyone thought he was crazy.
But then the rain started and the flood came.
Men and animals tried to climb the mountains but the mountains became flooded as well.
Finally the rain ended. And Tapi decided that the water had dried up when he let a DOVE loose that did not return. (

ILLUS:In China there's an ancient temple, and on one wall there's a painting shows boat owned by a man named Fuhi (the Chinese version of Noah) out upon raging waters.
Dolphins are swimming around the boat and a DOVE with an olive branch in its beak is flying toward it.

ILLUS: In an ancient Babylonian Epic the hero Gilgamesh gives his story about a flood:
"When the seventh day dawned I loosed a DOVE and let her go. She flew away, but finding no resting-place she returned. Then I loosed a swallow, and she flew away but finding no resting-place she returned. I loosed a RAVEN, she saw that the waters had retreated, she ate, she flew around, she cawed, and she did not come back. Then I threw everything open to the four winds, I made a sacrifice and poured out a libation on the mountain top.

One website I visited examined different flood stories from such diverse nations as
• East Africa
• Argentina
• Australia
• Bolivia
• Borneo
• Burma
• Cuba (original natives)
• Fiji
• Egypt (Book of the Dead)
• Iceland
• India
• Mexico
• New Zealand
• Russia- Vogul
• Vietnam- Bahnar

And of those 35 flood stories they examined ALL of them talk of humans being spared in the flood.
32 of them include a boat.
24 include an account of animals being spared.
At least 6 of them include ref ...

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