Friday, June 16, 2006

God Stirs Up Our Nests - John Gill

Deut. 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest...

"As an eagle stirreth up her nest,.... Her young ones in it, to get them out of it: Jarchi says the eagle is merciful to its young, and does not go into its nest suddenly, but first makes a noise, and disturbs them with her wings, striking them against a tree or its branches, that so they being awakened may be fitter to receive her: with respect to literal Israel, Egypt was their nest, where they were who were then in their infant state, lay like young birds in a nest; and though it was a filthy one and where they were confined, yet they seemed sometimes as if they did not care to come out of it; until the Lord made use of means to get them out, by the ministry of Moses and Aaron, by suffering their taskmasters to make their bondage heavier, and by judgments inflicted on the Egyptians, which made them urgent upon them to depart: with respect to spiritual Israel, their nest is a state of unregeneracy, in which they are at ease, and do not care to be awakened and stirred out of it; but the Lord, in love to them, awakens them, stirs them up, and gets them out, by sending his ministers to arouse them, by letting in the law into their consciences, which works a sense of wrath, by convincing them by his Spirit of their sin and danger, opening their eyes to see their wretched and miserable estate and condition, and by exerting his almighty power, plucking them as brands out of the burning."

-John Gill-

1 Comments:

At Saturday, June 17, 2006 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

Ministering the gospel is such a weighty task. " by sending his ministers to arouse them, by letting in the law into their consciences, which works a sense of wrath" I am burdened to share the gospel knowing I need it so badly and realizing that I need to preach the law that all flesh would die to it. I am so glad we serve a God who does not just leave us alone to rot in our complacency. He stirs our nests!

 

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