The Agora
Bible Articles and Lessons: E

Previous Index Next

Eagle and its young, the

God's care for His people is beautifully expressed in His words to Israel: "You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how l carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself" (Exo 19:4).

Bible writers were much impressed with the swift, swooping flight of the eagle, the largest bird known in Israel. In modern times the eagle has been observed catching its young in flight, as mentioned in the Bible: "Like an eagle that stirs up Its nest and hovers over Its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on Its pinions" (Deu 32:11).

The young eaglet might be afraid to fly, but the parent forces it out of the nest. It may flutter and fall, unable yet to fly properly. Then the parent eagle can dive and spread its saving wings underneath the falling young one. This is the imagery of that famous line from the Bible which promises God's sustaining presence in time of trouble: "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deu 33:27).

In the long history of God's people, they have been sustained by the faith and confidence that God cares for them. This has been equally true with all the saints of the Old and New Testaments. God cares for all His creatures, but He is particularly concerned for those whom He has called and who have responded to be His people. This does not mean that they will be spared the hazards of life. It does mean that God's people can endure and survive many perils because they know that the LORD cares for them, that they are borne on "eagles' wings", and that underneath are the "everlasting arms".
Previous Index Next