I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Deuteronomy 32:11-13, “As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the Lord alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him. “He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock.”
From the above passage we see how Moses taught the people of Israel to remember the goodness and faithfulness of God towards His people. It was to encourage them to heed the Word of the Lord and obey His will after he was gone. He wrote ‘The Song of Moses’ which is a long, but beautiful poem that contrasts the love and loyalty of God to His people, with their wilfulness and waywardness. Moses also gives some clear statements on the perfect character of God, Who is good to His people and very gracious, but will most certainly execute justice on those who disobey His Word. Moses had led the people for nearly forty years and had proved God was faithful to them, honest and true, “like droplets on the fresh grass and showers on a herb-garden. “Thus Moses proclaimed the greatness of God to be ‘The Rock’, Whose work is perfect, Whose ways are true, and Who is faithful, righteous, upright, and without prejudice. He also tells these unwise people that God was their Father, Who brought them out of Egypt and established them promising an inheritance for all the children of Jacob.
Moses reminds the people about how the Lord found Israel in a desolate land and provided for them in a barren, howling wilderness. He describes how God surrounded them, cared for them, and protected them, as if they were ‘the pupil of His eye’. He also compared God’s love “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, the Lord spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His feathers. What a precious and poignant picture we have of the Lord when likened to an eagle. Eagles have been identified as being swift in flight and a powerful adversary who is strong and tenacious and with excellent vision. Although the eagle is a fierce bird of prey, it has also been identified as a wise and attentive parent, showing great care and tenderness for its young, while teaching them some very hard lessons.
When Jacob left to his uncle Laban’s place, he did not have much wealth or enough money to start his business. He took only the blessings of his parents and left to Padan Aram. Jacob went alone empty handed with only a staff. He was going in the wilderness all alone, where there were plenty of wolves. The howling of wolves were too threatening. And the wilderness was deserted. In such a horrible situation God found Jacob. To bless Israel was pleasing to God. May be some of you who are reading this message are scared to send your children far from home for higher education, or for the sake of onsite job opportunity. You seem to be so worried. You are scared that your children will be caught up in the snare of the people, who are very much like the wolves by nature, always howling, and roaring. You think. “All these days I kept my child safely under my arms, Now that he has to go far away, is unthinkable.” But I wish to tell you that you should entrust your children in the hands of God and just leave them in prayer. God will take care of them, in the new place as God took care of Jacob in a strange land. He who went empty handed and a staff returned to Canaan his father’s place with two companies. He became a rich and wealthy person, had twelve children and large number of cattle and herds because God was with him.
Moses wrote in the book of Exodus of how God bore His people Israel, and carried them on eagles’ wings and brought them to Himself. When an eagle starts to teach her eaglet how to fly, she gathers him up on her feathers and flies higher and higher, carrying the young fledgling on outstretched wings. At the appropriate time, she allows the little eaglet to fall from its secure perch, but quickly swoops down, only to catch the baby bird in the safety of her feathers – until he has learned to spread his own wings and soar into the heavens. In the similar manner God will teach you through tough ways and help you soar high, like the eagle and mount higher in life. Therefore you parents need not to worry about your children. The picture of the eagle stirring up its nest, hovering over its young, spreading out its wings and catching its babies on its feathers, paints the most beautiful picture of our heavenly Father as he cares for us, teaches us, trains us, and causes us to grow in grace as we trust Him in the increasingly problematic times in which we live. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. The righteous shall never be moved. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Father God we thank you for the lovely ‘Song of Moses’ and the many lessons we can learn from it. Thank You for loving us and saving us, by your only begotten Son. Thank You for the care You readily give to all Your children and thank You for those times in our life when You have ‘stirred up our little nest’ and permitted us to undergo difficult times, which has helped us to strengthen our faith and to grow in grace and in a knowledge of God. Thank You for being so faithful to us, even when our faith fails and thank You, Father, for Your day by day provision and care. May we be a living witness to Your never-failing goodness and grace.