What Are Frogs... That Even God Used Them as part of His plan, from the beginning of Creation even to the end when Judgment Day approaches? Or maybe it is because of their eerie voices, or maybe the reason for our fascination with frogs and toads is partly because they are both, distinctly alien to humans and uncannily like us. Well one thing is for sure, with well over 3900 species commonly known to us, Frogs were here before us and are still here to stay. But I would venture to tell you that Frogs are even used by God, because of the many mysteries about them, and because they look and feel so odd, also because of the way they can leap from one place to another, then God can use them as Messengers, or Metaphors, or even as plagues like He did before. Also even Hollywood is fascinated with them, as the Frogs are used in many movies to entertain us and to scary us even more. And you even have the Fishermen who use them as Lures in order to catch the big fishes.
So What Are Frogs... That Even God Used Them as part of His plan? Well let us first look at the first recording of Frogs being used in The Holy Scriptures:
Exodus 8:2-14 ESV (English Standard Version):
But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants."’" And the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’" So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. ...Egypt's river bringing forth frogs upon the land.
So as you can see Beloved, Frogs were meant to send a message of destruction, of disease and of death. And so this is why many have a great fear of Frogs in their Psyche. And some of the terms for Fear Of Frogs Are:
--Batrachophobia- Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
--Ranidaphobia- Fear of frogs.
--Bufonophobia- Fear of toads
So What Are Frogs? Well Here Are Some Facts To Help You Get To Know Them:
--Frogs and toads look very much alike. The only way to tell these frogs and toads apart is to look at their teeth and bones because they will be different, Frogs have smooth, wet skin that looks slimy. Toads have drier, rough skin that looks really bumpy, like warts.
--Frogs are amphibians (am-FIB-e-ans) that belong to a group called vertebrates which mean animals that have a backbone.
--Frogs are members of the zoological class called Amphibia. amphibian comes from a Greek word that means "two lives."Meaning they can live on land and water.
--Amphibians are cold-blooded (or poikilothermic) vertebrate animals. They differ from reptiles in that they lack scales and generally return to water to breed.
--The Frogs are one of three types of Amphibians. Anura, also called Salientia, (frogs and toads), caudate (salamanders and newts) and caecilians (worm-like amphibians).
--There are over 3,900 species of Frogs that are known to us today, and still growing as we discover more.
--The Frogs are cold - blooded. This means that their inside body temperatures are about the same as the temperature outside.
--Some frogs even live in trees. These frogs have tiny, sticky pads on their fingers and toes to help them cling to the trees they climb.
--The smallest species of Frog grow only 1/2 inch long.
--The World's largest frog is the African Goliath Frog (Conraua goliath) which is from central Africa: And comes in at 13 inches (33 cm) in body length (legs excluded), and weighs up to 7 lb (3 kg).
--And the World's largest Toad is the cane toad (Bufo marinus): the largest individual weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a body length of 38 cm (15 in).
--Frogs help humans because they eat so many insect pests.
--Frogs can jump 9 times their body length, due to the powerful rear limbs.
--Some frogs are aggressive, dashing towards the attacker to bite, even if they do not have real teeth. Because of their big mouths, some predators can be impressed by this behavior.
--longest lifespan entered was a European Common Toad at 40 years!!
--Foxes, bats, rats, birds, fish, raccoons, turtles, snakes, and humans are a frog's enemy. But human beings are the worst!
--A croak is produced by frogs by pushing air through the larynx in the throat. Most frogs have vocal sacs that amplify the sound. These are elastic skin membranes that work by distention.
--Fish and frogs are insensitive to caresses, while the heart rhythm of lizards and mice increases when caressed. So don't waste your time trying to caress one and think that you are doing something soothing.
--The meaty hind legs of larger frogs are considered a delicacy in many countries. In the United States, people eat mainly the legs of bullfrogs, green frogs, and leopard frogs. Frogs are also used in labs to help researchers to test for new diseases and look for cures
What Are Frogs... That Even God Used Them? Well here the many Scriptures where they are mentioned in The Bible (English Standard Version)
Exodus 8:2-14 ESV:
But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants."’" And the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’" So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land
Psalm 105:30 ESV / Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the chambers of their kings.
Revelation 16:13 ESV / And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
What Are Frogs? Well Here Are Some Myths And Legends About Them. Just So You Could See That It Is Not Just You Who Find Them Mysterious.
---Old myth says that frogs fall from the sky during a rain.You can find frogs in or near places that have water.
---Tsphardea, Meaning Marsh Leaper..The marsh leapers were not to be trusted. The idea an animal could live in two worlds, both the water and on land, was not understood at the time. Frogs became the symbol of someone who could not commit to a belief system. This alluded to being tempted by the devil or the unclean ways of the less than devout
---In the Egyptian pantheon," "the goddess Heqet had the form of a woman with a frogs’ head. From her nostrils, it was believed, came the breath of life that animated the bodies of those created by her husband, the great god Khnum, from the dust of the earth. Therefore frogs were not to be killed
---Some Australian aborigines and Native American groups believed that frogs were the bringers of rain.
---In India, frogs were believed to personify thunder in the sky. Even the word for "frog" also meant "cloud" in Sanskrit!
---In China, they see the "TOAD", not the "man" of the moon. The toad is also considered "one of the five poisons of yin." They say that eclipses happen when the "toad in the moon" tries to swallow the moon itself!
---In Japan, frogs are the symbols of Good Luck.
---Some less enlightened people associate frogs, and Toads in particular, as evil incarnations of demons or devils. Now while some say "Less Enlightened", I say that we have lost our connection with Nature and the Spiritual Realm, because we now only rely on technology made by us with no Wisdom within them that can last. And this is why we are constantly changing our technology and upgrading them, but Nature and Spiritual things are Eternal in purpose and wisdom and don't need to be changed.
What Are Frogs... That Even God Used Them ? Well a great Metaphor that has been used for over a century now, has been about The Frog to teach us to always remain vigilant in life, so that things - disasters - new destructive mindset - unethical lifestyles - suicidal behaviors... Will not just creep in slowly and overpower us without us Being Aware. So Here Goes: "" If a Frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out right away. But if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death"". And so as you can see, The story about Frogs is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually. Your Animals Advocate, James Dazouloute
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