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Written by Prabhudas Koshy   
Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Hebrew word in the Old Testament (nesher) which is translated as “eagle” in ourEnglish Bible, could be a reference to any of the eight species of eagles and fourspecies of vultures which appear in Palestine. It is generally believed to be a referenceto the “griffon vulture” or “great vulture”. These birds are mentioned about 15 timesin the Bible. These are diurnal birds of prey, found in great numbers in ancientPalestine.

The Bible speaks of it as very swift in its flight. For example,Deuteronomy 28:49 has the expression “swift as the eagleflieth”. While describing the skills of David and Jonathanin war, it is written that “they were swifter than eagles,they were stronger than lions” (2 Samuel 1:23).

The ancient Jews were captivated with the eagle’s flight.In Proverbs 30:18-19, the first in the list of four things mentioned as “too wonderful” is “theway of an eagle in the air”. One amazing thing about their flight that the Bible speaks of isthat they mount up very high in the air. Job, the saint of God, wondered: “Doth the eaglemount up at thy (God’s) command, and make her nest on high?” (Job 39:27).

In Isaiah 40:31, God promises that “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew theirstrength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles”. In other words, those who trust in theLord and do all that He commands will have great strength from Him to ascend high intheir service of the Lord. Christians who live in constant prayer and submission to God willmount upwards in their knowledge, fellowship and service. They will not be “lying low inthe dust”, but they will “take wing and rise”. Their lives will excel in the glory of the Lord.