Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Edwards Wednesday

1 Peter 5:7

As the Bird Cares

There are many things between the young birds in a nest and a dam, resembling what is between Christ and his saints. The bird shelters them; so Christ shelters his saints, as a bird does her young under her wings. They are brought forth by the dam; so the saints are Christ’s children. They are hatched by the broodings of the dam; so the soul is brought forth by the warmth and heat and brooding of Christ, by the Heavenly Dove, the Holy Spirit. They dwell in a nest of the dam’s providing on high out of the reach of harm, in some place of safety; so are the saints in the church. They are feeble and helpless, can neither fly nor go, which represents the infant state of the saints in this world.

The manner of the dam’s feeding the young, giving every one his portion, represents the manner of Christ’s feeding his saints. When the dam visits the nest, all open their mouth wide together with a cry, and that is all that they can do. So should the saints do, especially at times when Christ makes special visits to his church by his Spirit. They don’t open their mouths in vain. So God says, “Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). The birds grow by this nourishment till they fly away into heaven to sing in the firmament. So the saints are nourished up to glory.

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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