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The Mozilla Firefox browser is well known across the globe and is the second most used web browser. Where did the name Firefox originate? Where did they get the idea to put a fiery fox on their logo? The Bible says a couple of times that there is nothing new under the sun. Here are a few quotations to that effect:
Eccles. 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Eccles. 1:10 “Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”
Is there any parallel of Firefox in the Bible? There most certainly is!
The Bible tells us the story of Samson, the world’s strongest man. God gave him incredible strength once he kept his Nazarite vows to not drink wine and not cut his hair. In Judges 14 we are told that when he was getting married to a Philistine woman, a woman from among his enemies and the enemies of Israel, he made an unfair riddle that no one would be able to get out. The reward for figuring out the riddle was thirty sheets and thirty changes of clothing. If they did not unravel the mystery then Samson would get the reward. The Philistines, his mortal enemies, threatened his wife saying that they would burn down her father’s house with she and her father inside it. They did not want Samson to gloat. Tearfully she coaxed Samson for seven days to tell her the meaning of the riddle without telling him of the threat. Samson finally complied and the Philistines joyfully told him the meaning of his riddle. Samson was enraged and killed thirty Philistines in the city of Ashkelon to get thirty changes of clothing. Samson then returned to his place of birth.
Judges 15 tells us that some time after during the wheat harvest that Samson went back to his father-in-law looking for his wife. He was shocked and enraged when his father-in-law told him that his wife was given to another man since he thought that Samson hated her utterly.
The rest is history. Judges 15:3-5 says:
“And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.
And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.”
It seems then that Mozilla Firefox wants to take over the competition as those fiery foxes took over the field of wheat. So to find the origin of the Firefox browser you have to browse the Bible. Yes, be an explorer.
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