Like birds hovering overhead,
the Lord Almighty will shield Jerusalem;
he will shield it and deliver it,
he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.
This verse captivated our imagination last Sunday—fittingly on Mother’s Day. God presents himself as a mother bird, fluttering over her nest to protect her young and distract a predator, even if saving their lives means she has to sacrifice hers.
But this is no mere metaphor. It’s the natural instinct of a mother bird, as evidenced by a story last week in Erie County, Ohio. A Canadian goose remained seated on her nest, even though it was on fire, in order to save its eggs. You can read about it here.
What a picture this is of Jesus’ sacrifice for us! Even death could not stop him from saving us. Soli Deo Gloria.