Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Biblical eagle

Lev 11:13

And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey.

[This does not mean they are "bad" animals; it means that to consume them as food is strictly forbidden and doing so would result in being in a state of severe uncleanliness before God.]

Deut 32:11-12

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.

[Here the surety of faith and being led by the one true God is compared, in detail, to the care that the mother eagle gives to her young.]

Joel 9:26

They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Job 39: 27-29

Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.

From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

[The Lord explains to Job to be humble and to realize that he doesn't command anything that is God's, such as the eagle.]

Habakkuk 1:8

Their horses are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

[This prophet warns that because of the iniquity of the Israelites against God that the Chaldeans will have great power to overthrow them, comparing their swiftness to that of the hungry eagle after prey.]

Matthew 24:27-31
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles gather together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. and he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.