|wasp with prey, commons|
Any how are all you fine people today? I know there has been some significant snow storms across the glove this past week and I hope you all have faired well inside of cozy homes. This past week here where I live the weather has been very
pleasant but is supposed to snow storm over the weekend. I better prepare!
|courtesy of Answers in Genesis|
Speaking of preparing and living inside, wasps are creatures that do just that, but not in the way we would think. Most species of wasps actually live quite a gruesome life. They paralyze their victim, usually another insect such as cockroaches, tarantulas, wolf spiders, cicadas, and many more. “Their gruesome behavior highlights an evil that needs explanation. What does evil, or more specifically ‘natural evil,’ mean? Evil in this sense is not a willful, culpable disobedience against God. Natural evil—in the biological realm—refers to present-day arsenals of living creatures that are designed to deal out death and destruction in a post-fall world.”1
|Emerald was, commons|
For example, the emerald jewel wasps sting their prey in the thorax which paralyzes their front legs. Then the wasps clip the roach’s antenna and the remaining stump becomes a straw for them to sip blood. Or how about the tarantula wasp who stings one of these spiders, drags it to its own home then lays her eggs on spider. The larvae eat their way inward keeping the tarantula alive for as long as is able. The parent wasp even goes to the extent of blocking the entrance hole so the spider in its weakened state can’t climb out. And there are many more species of wasps that have the same type of horrible behavior.
So why do insects that display such shocking behavior exist? How can a loving God allow something like this to go on? “In short, God is very good. Sin is very bad. God’s judgment
against our sin is very good. These horrendous life cycles were not in existence at the beginning. They are part of God’s judgment. We and all creatures were vegetarians at first (Genesis 1:29-30), but then God stepped in. Romans 8:20-21 says, ‘For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.’ Thankfully, this is short-term. God uses evil as a warning and goad so that we will turn from evil and trust in his chosen Savior, Jesus Christ his Son. Those who turn from evil and trust him have a promise: ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed
away’ (Revelation 21:4). The gospel doesn't only redeem humans. God promises that he will transform the entire creation so that all evil is wiped out, including the wicked ways of wasps…These behaviors sound nasty, and they are. But in our fallen world, the wasps actually serve to limit pests. In fact, farmers view these parasitoid wasps as good girls. They sometimes release these wasps intentionally to kill insect pests, a practice called biological control.”2
|Eastern cicada wasp with cicada, commons|
|Tarantula wasp, commons|
Until next time, God bless and take care,