Formed By Him – “Whip” Birds

Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) by ©Judd Paterson

Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) by Judd Paterson

When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. (John 2:15 NKJV)

Whips have been used for many years. According to Wikipedia: The word whip describes two basic types of tools:-

A long stick-like device, usually slightly flexible, with a small bit of leather or cord, called a “popper” or a “cracker,” on the end. Depending on length and flexibility, this type is often called a riding whip, riding crop or “bat”. It is also sometimes called a “horsewhip” or “horse whip”.

The other type of whip is a long tapered flexible length of single-strand or plaited (braided) material (usually leather) with a stiff handle. Some whips of this type include the bullwhip and the stockwhip. Each design has many variations and lengths for different purposes, often with different names.

As well as these traditional whip types designed for use on animals, there are whip designs that had historic uses for inflicting pain on humans, such as the “cat o’ nine tails”, knout and others. These devices are used as flogging instruments, a means of control, corporal punishment or torture.

Cat o nine tails ©WikiC

Cat o nine tails ©WikiC

Yesterday’s Formed By Him – “Palm” Birds was about birds with “Palm” in their name and it was about Palm Sunday. Today’s Formed By Him is about birds with “Whip” in their name and helps us remember when they began to torture or scourge Christ with whips or by flogging Him.

Christ told His disciples, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,  And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.” (Mat 20:18,19 KJV)

The different versions of God’s Word use various words to describe the torture. In verse 19, the word scourge is translated, whip(ped), scourge(d), or flogged. Matthew 27:26 and John 19:1 also use the same three translations of the word.

Then he let Barabbas go free: but after having Jesus whipped, he gave him up to be put to death on the cross. (Matthew 27:26 BBE)

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. (John 19:1 ESV)

Then Pilate had Jesus taken away and whipped. The soldiers twisted some thorny branches into a crown, placed it on his head, and put a purple cape on him. (John 19:1-2 GW)

This week we are remembering the events that led up to the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on the cross. As we think of this time, maybe seeing birds with names of things that happened will help us not forget the events as we see those birds in the future.

The death of Christ on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice that provides Salvation for our souls.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) by Ian

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) by Ian

There are only two families that contain “Whip” Birds.

The Whip-poor-will or Whippoorwill is a medium-sized nightjar from North and Central America. The Whip-poor-will is commonly heard within its range, but less often seen because of its superior camouflage. It was recently divided into two species, the Eastern and Mexican. The Whip-poor-wills are in the Caprimulgidae – Nightjars Family.

Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) at National Zoo
Mexican Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus arizonae)

The Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) is an insectivorous passerine bird native to the east coast of Australia, its whip-crack call a familiar sound in forests of eastern Australia. Two subspecies are recognized. Heard much more often than seen, it is a dark olive-green and black in color with a distinctive white cheek patch and crest. The male and female are similar in plumage. The Whipbirds are in the Whipbirds, Jewel-babblers, quail-thrushes – Psophodidae Family.

Papuan Whipbird (Androphobus viridis)
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) ©©
Western Whipbird (Psophodes nigrogularis) See Photo

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