Friday, January 27, 2012

The Way of the Eagle

I Bore You On Eagles’ Wings
Exodus 19:1-6
In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Introduction: Moses will soon be given the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai for the people of Israel. The purpose for the Law being given was for them to have a proper pattern of living as a theocratic people. (Theocratic meaning: God Rules.) The giving of the Law made the people of Israel distinct from all other nations because no other nation had their own laws governing them ultimately by God. The Ten Commandments would teach the people of Israel to worship God properly and be a safe guard for their daily lives. 
The Way of the Eagle
In Exodus 19:4,5, the Lord uses the eagle as a symbolic metaphor showing His loving care for Israel. As a young eaglet, with little strength, is taught to fly, they begin their flight from the nest by falling. The mother eagle will stop the fall of the young bird by spreading her wings so the eaglet will land on them and then carry them back to safety. The Lord has carried Israel out of the bondage and despair of Egypt–– training them to fly on His wings of love and omnipotence, an unlimited power. 
As God led the Israelites out of bondage, He fed them manna, bread from Heaven. Everyday God provided fresh food for them to eat and be nourished from. Eagles never eat dead things as vultures do but eat only things that are living. God has given to us the “Living Word of God” to feast upon and to grow from. We are to eat the fresh bread of Heaven everyday which will sustain us and  keep us strong in the Lord.
The Lord led the children of Israel through their wilderness journeys with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. His steadfast love and watchful eye guided them through the many long years of conflict and struggle they would endure. For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings (Proverbs 5:21). Eagles have strong vision and the ability to identify their prey from afar. The goal of the mother eagle is to keep a watchful eye over the nest providing a safe haven from predators that would destroy the nest and kill the little ones inside. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (Psalms 34:15).  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil (I Peter 3:12).
Thought: As we are led through life’s journeys, by the precious hand of God, may we mount up with wings like eagles, to run and not get tired and walk and not become weary. Eagles love storms for they will use the fierceness of the wind to fly above the storm. The eagle has a God given ability to lock their wings during the strongest winds, which enables them to soar higher in the midst of a storm. Who gives us the ability to withstand the storms in our life and soar above the strong winds and tempest below? Our God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide, direct, comfort, and empower us to lock our minds on the things above ascending beyond the raging storm beneath. Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
Allow the Lord to, “bare you on eagles' wings,” demonstrating His matchless love, tender mercies and mighty power to care for you, the one He calls His own.

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