Summary: We need to understand how the Lord works in our lives. The Bible says in Exodus 19:3-4, “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 h
On Eagle’s Wings
by Dr. Joseph M. Marshall
GBC 21 October 07 AM
We need to understand how the Lord works in our lives. The Bible says in Exodus 19:3-4, “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. “
I. The Meaning of Life (Exodus19:3-4)
In this passage of Scripture, the Lord gives us the meaning of life. No matter where you look in the Bible, you will never find better definition for the meaning of life than what we find in this passage.
The Bible says that God brought His people unto Himself on eagle’s wings. The meaning of life is that God brings us unto Himself. This is what the Lord wants. He wants us to come unto Him. The Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The Lord explained to Moses that when He called him down to Egypt to lead God’s people out, He wanted Moses to understand that He was bringing them not to a land, but to a Person.
God said, I brought you unto myself.” He wants us to know Him, to come unto Him. This is why, after many years in the ministry, the apostle Paul wrote the church in Philippi in Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Surely, Paul knew the Lord as his Saviour. He met Him on the Damascus road. After all those years of serving the Lord, he said, “My great goal in life is to know the Lord, to come unto Him.”
The meaning of life is to know the Lord. How well do you know Him? May we come to know Jesus Christ in a way that we have never known Him before, more intimately than we have ever known him. Christ can do for us what no one else can do for us.
The meaning of life is that the Lord brings us unto Himself. Once we realize this, we should look for Christ in all things, every day, everywhere we go. The Lord wants us to meet Him every day, in everything He does. Look for Him because He is working in all these things to bring us unto Himself. The Bible says in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
II. The Method God Uses (Deuteronomy 32:11-12)
In Deuteronomy 32, we find the method that God uses to accomplish the meaning of life. This is how God works to bring all this to pass. He says in verses 11 and 12, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”
The Bible makes it very simple. The Word of God says, “as an eagle…so the Lord…” As an eagle works, so does the Lord work. God says, “ I want you to understand what I am doing in your life. I want you to know Me. I want you to come unto Me.”
This is why Moses said in Psalms 90:1-2, “Lord thou hast been our dwelling place….from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Moses learned this great lesson when his mother by faith placed him in a basket among the bulrushes. He was not on the river’s bank; he was in the hands of God. Moses learned that when Pharaoh’s daughter found him and took him to Pharaoh’s palace. He was no in Pharaoh’s palace; he was in the hands of God. He learned this as he grew up in the palace of Pharaoh and was trained in all the wonders of Egypt. He was not there as a child of Pharaoh, he was in the hands of God. As a forty-year-old man, after he had tried to take things into his own hands to deliver his people, fled for his life to the backside of the desert, and stayed there for forty years, Moses learned that he was not just in a desert place; he was in the hands of God.
As an old man, Moses could see that God had been in everything that had happened to him. The Lord had led him, protected him, cared for him, and brought him to the present hour. In this passage, God reminded him that all of his happened in order to bring Moses unto Himself.