Iberian wolves

An Iberian wolf (Canus Lupus Signatus), a subspecies of gray wolf, is found in northwestern Spain and northern Portugal (a region known as the Iberian Peninsula). Essentially all of Spain and Portugal comprised the Iberian Peninsula, up to the Pyrenees Mountain Range, which is a natural barrier between Spain and France. It is the mountainous regions that are home to a healthy population of many Iberian wolf bands, estimated at just under 3,000 members.

A wolf subspecies will mate with other wolf subspecies, and even coyotes and dogs. When that happens, the DNA pool becomes contaminated, leading to health gains and losses for the generations of wolves that arise from the cross. There are no coyotes in the wild on the Iberian Peninsula and, in theory, domestic dogs released into the mountainous region will not live long in the wild. Search the web for pictures of Iberian wolves to see an impressive array of captivating faces, yellow eyes, and reddish-brown fur with gray markings. Their looks command attention, and while one can’t help but admire them, they also communicate, “Yes, I’ll eat you.”

An apex predator that requires 2.2 pounds of meat in its diet every day, you’d better not just raid their territory at night, when they actively hunt in packs. The wolf’s success in taking prey, including domesticated cattle, and in ancient times a child or weak adult as well, led to the subspecies being put on the “kill list” in most towns and cities. Today, Iberian wolves are somewhat protected in mountainous areas, but as their population increases, so does the need for packs to get closer to humanity. Then the old fear returns and humanity takes them out of the picture. Search the web for Matthew 9:9-12 to read what happened to “some kind of wolf” that lived among the Jewish people over 2020 years ago.

Matthew, the author of the Christian Bible passage you read, was a tax collector for the Roman Empire. Jewish tax collectors were employed by the Romans because they knew which Jews earned income, when, how, and how much profit they earned better than any Roman could. The Romans did not pay them. Rather, they required tax collectors to deliver a certain amount of value at set times each week, and any tax collected by them above that amount was their service fee to keep. The better the tax collectors did their job, the greater their personal wealth. To the Jewish population, these tax collectors were like wolves attacking their own people.

Jesus, the promised Christ, selected Matthew to become one of his 12 disciples, a small number of men whom Jesus taught during his 3-year ministry. For God’s purpose to be fulfilled, the ministry of Jesus had to be remembered and understood by the rest of humanity alive, then, today, and in the future. With two words (“Follow me”), Jesus’ invitation to Matthew compelled him to walk away from his lucrative business to become a disciple. Powerful Jewish priests (the Sadducees) and executors of Jewish religious law (the Pharisees) publicly harassed Jesus, accusing him of being a “rogue rabbi” for employing and being around “evil people” such as tax collectors, adulterers, and sick people. like lepers.

Why do you suppose God would want his son to represent himself this way? For me, there is only one answer: Because he can. I think it was a subtle demonstration of the power of God who can wash over us all like a mighty ocean wave and turn us into anything, however he chooses. to show us the wayto invite us to search it, and he will delight in you doing your best to get to know him. He already knows you. Search the internet for four Bible passages that tell us how precious each child is to God and how great his hopes are for each of us: Jeremiah 1:5, Galatians 1:15, Isaiah 44:24, and Isaiah 49: fifteen.

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