This is another attempt to update a saying of Jesus into imagery that might make more sense to people today. After all, the dogs in most homes of Bible readers do not settle for crumbs. Some have their own dishes, and some eat from the plates of the “masters.”
And so I thought that at the very least avid birders would relate more to this imagery I’ve used here. Squirrels are living things, worthy of as much respect as birds are. And yet the birder will instinctively chase them away. And so there is in fact a natural connection between the point Jesus was making and the imagery here – it is not merely substitution for the sake of amusement!
Finally, longtime readers with good memories may recall that I proposed a rendering like the one I explore here a couple of years ago – albeit without turning it into a meme.