Carried On Eagles’ Wings [Republished]

Republishing this today to bless you – whom God intends to and has chosen to bless.

Welcome to Day 6 of Chapter 5 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Bettie is bringing forward our sixth free will offering of the Stone Tablets: Revealing the Covenant and Testimony of Jesus (the Word fulfilled).

Carried On Eagle's Wings

They lay broken on the road
And the people passed them by
Their wounds were too great to heal
And their plight too great to restore

When out of the sky rose an eagle
And bore them on wings to the desert
Fearsome and scorching the sands
Were the places their feet then walked.

But the heat cauterized wounds
And long festering sores were healed
As the voice of their rescuer
Thundered from the mountain

Stop! The sound pushed at them
And set their teeth on edge.
You listen for us, Moses,
The people of the rescue turned away.

Their Rescuer desired Fellowship
But they could only see Laws
Written on Stone Carved deep
With harsh judging meted out.

. . . . . .

Centuries passed and OUR wounds
Would not stay healed
Gaping and oozing we stumbled
Groping to obey Laws heavy-yoked.

When out of the purity ONE came
Who fulfilled every law
ONE who reigned down mercy
With every step He took.

The whip fell on Him sharp and long
The Cross took His shape
And Judgment fell upon limbs
While blood and water poured forth.

And we called Him stricken by God
Again we turned our face away
From pain too deep
Underneath we saw ourselves.

He carried our debt
He carried our pain
He carried our judging

But in the dying He rose
Carried on eagles' wings
He became the rescuer
And the ONE to restore the desiring.

As we looked unto the Living One
Our hearts were carved upon
The hardness gave way
To tender flesh of Love.

Tablets of Rock-hard-stone
Became hearts for writing
By the Rescuer Himself
Signature inscribed deep within.

What a Fellowship is this?
As we bow here now
To our Savior - the Living Law -
He writes His Word upon our hearts.

Deuteronomy 9:10 “The Lord gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the utterances the Lord proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.”

Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

Hebrews 8:10 “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Word in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Exodus 19:3-5 [additional possible meanings inserted from Bible lexicon]
3Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, “This is what you are to tell the house of Jacob and explain to the sons of Israel: 4‘You have seen for yourselves what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now if you will heed [listen to / follow] My voice and celebrate [protect / wait for / observe / be a doorkeeper of / be a watchman for] My covenant, you will become My treasured possession out of all the nations — for the whole earth is Mine.

Seeing and Perceiving

Come join us today for a poem, Bible story and prayer by my dear friend, Joy Lenton. Further below, you can find out more about Joy and the beautiful book this piece is excerpted from. My best friend and I will be working through this book during Lent. Maybe you would like to join us?

Seeing and perceiving

blind from birth
Bartimaeus still saw more
than the sighted ones
he was able to perceive
Jesus’ full identity

no hesitation
as he dropped his robe and ran
blindly through the crowd
following the voice of Christ
with his faith-filled heart alive

his seeing soul
rewarded with so much more
than he might know
as a full healing takes place
with vision restored again

the crowd are amazed
to witness the miracle
but will they notice
who this teacher really is
and all he is here to do?

more than that
do we see Jesus clearly
or is he blurred
mixed in our finite minds
in those spots which are blind?
© joylenton

Reading

Mark 10:46-52 ESV

And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”  And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Reflection

I wonder how many of us would be bold enough to call out to Jesus like this. Perhaps we would hold back because of a lingering belief that we were unworthy to bother God with our needs, although Jesus has made us worthy by his grace. Or maybe we would shrug our shoulders and say, “You know what? I haven’t been healed yet and probably never will. This isn’t my day for a miracle.”

It is God’s will to make us healed and whole. The timing is up to him and our participation is required. If our vision of Jesus is flawed, or if we do not see ourselves as made worthy by God’s love, then we are likely to hang back and absent ourselves. May we believe that we, too, are promised recipients of God’s goodness and grace.

Prayer

Holy Spirit,

The story of Blind Bartimaeus suggests how our own spiritual sight becomes enlivened by your work in us, so that we are able to see Jesus for who he really is. Would you help us to take off any blinkers we might be wearing, and remove lenses dulled by false assumptions, as you also open our eyes to the wonder of knowing Christ for ourselves?

May we marvel at the miracle of seeing Jesus as he truly is: our faithful Friend, anointed Saviour-King and living Lord. And as you know him to be—an integral part of the triune Godhead. May we experience the joy of being invited into a relationship with the Father because of his sacrificial life on earth, and glorious resurrection after suffering death on the cross.

Amen



This post is excerpted from Joy Lenton’s newly released book, Experiencing Lent: Sensing the Sacred in Our Midst. She is a contemplative Christian writer, poet and blogger who has M.E and multiple chronic illness. Joy is also the author of Soul Shots, Embracing Hope, and Seeking Solace. She writes with a heart to encourage others, and to help reveal the life changing hope we have in Jesus. You can find Joy sharing her words of encouragement, hope and faith on her Words of Joy and Poetry Joy blogs.