Post By: Albert Mascheroni
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 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. – Job 39:19-30
As eagles fly high & are sharp-sighted, they signify rational things. That this is the case may be seen from many passages in the Word, of which in confirmation we may deduce the following. 1st, where they signify true rational things; in Moses:–Jehovah found His people in a desert land, and in emptiness, in wailing, in solitude:
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. – Deuteronomy 32:10-11
Instruction in the truths & goods of faith is what is here described, & is compared to the eagle. The very process until man becomes rational & spiritual is contained in the description & comparison. The comparisons in the Word are all made by means of significatives thus here by the eagle, which is the rational.