God as Eagle

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Exodus 19:4: Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

The eagle from the focus verse is a symbol of power, precision and purpose. The eagle is a majestic bird, and the majesty of God was manifested in the rescue of the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt.

Power

Over a period of time, God with an overwhelming display of power, with God’s own “shock and awe” treatment. It decimated the land of Egypt, to the death of all the firstborn in Egypt. In a series of display of the awesomeness of God, God broke the will of Pharaoh and he did what he vowed he will not do, he let the people of God go, that they might serve Him in the wilderness.

Not just that, even after they let Egypt, He took them through the Red sea on a dry ground, in a one-of –a-kind. A whole nation, numbered in millions, walked through the red sea that was divided into two. God sent a wind to blow on it over a period of time to divide it. But the same red sea through which the children of Israel passed on dry ground, swallowed up the army of pharaoh.

These are the acts of God freeing the Israelites, and thoroughly destroying the capability of the Egyptian to ever put them in bondage again. That phase of suffering, of oppression, was done away with forever; it was a transition with no possibility of reversal.

The power of God that saves us works with no possibility of reversal (you cannot reverse the resurrection of Jesus). God is not going to let us go. Jesus said that the one God has given him no one can take them from his hand (John 10:27-30); since none can pluck them from his father’s hand (can any wrestle with God?). That is our own experience of God bringing us to himself on eagle’s wings, our salvation. It was something done for us that we can never do for ourselves. We only needed to through faith apply the blood of Jesus to our heart, just like the children of Israel applied the blood of the Passover lamb to the lintel of door of their homes.

There was no way the children of Israel were going to come out of Egypt without God’s direct intervention through a man- Moses. Also there is no way that humanity could be saved that without the direct intervention of God though another man called Jesus.

The book of Hebrews says that Moses was faithful to deliver his mandate as a servant in the house; but Jesus was also faithful as a son, not a servant, over his own house (Hebrews 3:5-6).

Both of them came with signs through which those they are sent too are to believe in them. Moses was equipped with three signs to authenticate his mandate as the deliverer of Israel (Exodus 4:1-9). He was equipped with three signs, turning of rod into snake, turning of water into blood, and reversing the leprous condition of his hand.

Jesus, in his lifetime was asked to prove the validity of his claim to be the messiah. He refused to grant it immediately. He said an adulterous and perverse generation seeks for a sign, but none shall be given to it except the signs of Prophet Jonah. He died and spent three days in the belly of the earth, just as Jonah spend three days in the belly of the fish (Matthew 12:38-41).

Precision

An eagle is noted for the precision of its eyesight. The vision is an aid when it embarks on hunting. When we see like God, then we see well.  That is why following God’s lead is the best we can do.

Jesus told Peter and his brother, to follow him and he will make them fishers of men. He knows his possibilities, which they have in association with him, how best that they can put their lives to in his service. Following him, hearing him, and doing according to his word, going where he sends them was the best for them. It was precision living for them (Matthew 4:19).

In the expression of the precision of the almighty on behalf of the children of Israel, he had the whole process of getting them out of bondage planned out, to the minutest of detail, up to the last one which is the death of all the firstborn in Egypt.

So also the plan of salvation was executed with precision. From Jesus as the choice of sacrificial animal, to the ordering of his life to his form of death down to the arrangement for the burial and the eventual resurrection, everything was planned by God to leave no loophole anywhere. The plan was precisely designed to include all people of all races, rescuing humanity from the claws of the enemy.

Purpose

The purpose for which God rescued the children of Israel with that mighty power was to bring them to himself. The rescue was not an effort without an end in sight. They were to experience union with God through covenant. They became his people and he became their God (Deuteronomy 7:6).

It was to bring a change to the spiritual configuration of the earth. With God not just having a friend he can call his own like it was with Abraham (Isaiah 41:8), he has a people that he can call his own. They were to be his special possession among all the nations of the earth (Deuteronomy 7:6).

But the bible recorded that after a while, there was the expiration of the old covenant, because the nation of Israel did not continue to perform their role, that first covenant was found faulty, now in a new covenant, a new nation is formed, not based on racial exclusionism, but spiritual inclusiveness through the blood of Jesus (John 1:29, 1John 1:7, 2:2). Now the blessing is not just earthly but we have received heavenly blessings too (Ephesians 1:3).

Peter wrote that we are a holy nation, a peculiar people, to show forth the praise of him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1Peter 2:9). What God could not achieve with the nation of Israel, he achieves with the church (Romans 8:3).

 

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One thought on “God as Eagle

  1. You meant to write: Romans 8:3 – For what the law was powerless to do BECAUSE IT WAS WEAKENED BY THE FLESH, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh… (I like blog a lot. Keep simplifying the scripture so we can understand it better 🙂 Thank You!)

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