Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing the things that are said to be —
Said one to another: “Now listen, you two.
There’s a certain rumor; but it can’t be true,
That man descended from our noble race
Why, the very idea — it’s a disgrace.

“No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
Nor did ever a mother-monkey
Leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another
‘Till they scarcely knew who was their mother.

“And another thing you’ll never see
A monkey building a nest around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monkeys to have a taste.
Why, if I build a fence around a coconut tree,
Starvation would cause me to distribute to thee.

“Here’s another thing that a monkey won’t do:
Go out at night and get on a stew;
Or use a gun, a club, or a knife
To take another monkey’s life.
‘Yes, Man descended,’ the ornery fuss,
But Brother, he didn’t descend from us!”

This humorous poem brings up some serious questions: If we evolved from animals, then why is mankind progressively getting worse instead of better while the animal kingdom remains the same? Why do we have metal detectors at public schools while the young of most animal kinds get along just fine? Why is the human family in danger while most animals take good care of their families? Does the answer lie in evolutionary teaching or in God’s Word? I trust what God says in His Word — after all, He was there at the beginning. Hard as the world may try, they can’t make a monkey out of me. How about you? Take God at His Word, and you won’t be fooled by evolutionary teaching, either.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder