Exodus 19: 4
Ruth 2: 12
Psalm 91: 4
There are many references in Scripture to wings. We are well acquainted with the idea. We see birds flying around all day using their wings, but when it refers to God Himself it is quite interesting. It is used here as to the children of Israel and their exit from Egypt, which God brought about Himself. Something that each one of us has to face is our judgment of and exit from Egypt. It says, “Ye have seen what I have done to the Egyptians”: it must have been a tremendous sight. We get it earlier; they made a song in relation to it, and what they had seen. It is not what they had heard, but what they had seen. That is something else that is very interesting in Scripture, what is seen. We have been given that ability, beloved brethren, to see things. Eyes are very much needed, right eyesight. There was a man, and we remember the Lord had to do with him. His view, his eyesight, was distorted, he saw men as trees walking, everything out of kilter, but the Lord touched him again, Mark 8: 24, 25. He needed a second touch, like ourselves, I suppose. But my simple thought is: “Ye have seen what I have done to the Egyptians”. The Egyptians had held the children of Israel in bondage, and it is still so today. The Egyptian line of things, the world, it holds people in bondage. The enemy himself, the enemy of our souls has great power and sway over men, holding them in bondage. That is what it was called, “the house of bondage”, Exod 13: 3. But God heard their cry; God delivered them. That is what we have here, the thought of deliverance, something that each one of us has to face. When we are young, Egypt tends to have a great hold upon us, the things of Egypt, the things of the world; not that I would say too much about that, but we are prone as we go through life to the influences of the world. But it says, “Ye have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, and how I have borne you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself”. How touching that is! God was the destination. That is something to be arrived at, to arrive at such a destination as that, but it is what God has done. “I have borne you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself”. Anyone who has observed such birds, eagles, at close quarters can discern the power that is in their wings. How much more so when it relates to God and His matters. I was just impressed with that, “borne you on eagles’ wings”: not only speed but power. What power, power to bring us to God, to bring us to Himself. Well, that is my simple thought as to this scripture that we might arrive at this, “brought you to myself”.
In the book of Ruth, she was bereft, bereft of her husband, but she clung to Naomi. Dear young ones, cling to what Naomi represents. I think she represents something of the local position, what God has placed there for our protection and care. She came to know Boaz, the man of wealth, and there was a tremendous result from it. He says, “Jehovah recompense thy work, and let thy reward be full from Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to take refuge”. Refuge is a tremendous thing. I was just thinking of a simple expression, that you take someone under your wing, and that has been the salvation of many; not only salvation in relation to souls, but salvation in relation to persons’ lives. Some persons go on a line of destruction, destruction of themselves, but there is a Deliverer, Someone comes in and takes care. Well, this would be God Himself again, “Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to take refuge”. What a place of refuge it was for Ruth. She had known the barrenness of things, the loss; then she finds refuge. May each one of us find this. May we come into it. My thoughts are simple as to these things.
I read in Psalm 91, “He shall cover thee with his feathers”. I think there is a lot of meaning in it, and I just leave it with the brethren to think over. “He shall cover thee with his feathers”, the psalmist says. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou find refuge”. It is the thought of refuge again. I am sure there is a lot of meaning in these things, beloved brethren. Maybe we should seek further into them and try to find it out, “He shall cover thee with his feathers”. I remember being told a story. I think it was in Australia, where there was a hen and there was a fire, and the hen got burned, but underneath her feathers were the live chickens. That is very touching; they were protected. Beloved brethren, the local assembly is a place of protection; I feel that. Maybe this applies to someone here, I do not know. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou find refuge: his truth is a shield and buckler”. There is something that protects - a shield is part of the armour.
Well, I only leave these simple thoughts with the brethren. Deliverance is a great matter, especially from Egypt, and how we need it! “I have borne you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself”. May we enjoy that! It is a position to be enjoyed, is it not, and a place of God’s blessing? May we know it for His Name’s sake!
25th December 2012