The branches of the Acacia tree in Israel look like this. Also, the Ark of the Covenant was built out of Acacia wood that was in the Holy of Holies, and was required to be sprinkled with the blood of the sacrificed lamb.
Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. #Bible #Scripture verse, Recovery Version Bible, quoted at www.agodman.com
In European folklore, magpies are birds of bad omen because of their aggressiveness toward smaller songbirds and their tendency to steal shining coins and jewels or anything small and shines. One folk story says the magpie was the one bird that refused to sing and comfort Christ when he was crucified. Thieving Magpie - Sue Allen