And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.'” (Exodus 19:3-4)
Unlike the generations who followed and only heard about these things, this generation of Hebrews were there to witness God’s deliverance firsthand. They did not just hear reports of these things; they were not merely promised these things. They were eye-witnesses to some of the greatest events in human history — the plagues that overturned the greatest power then on earth and the splitting of a mighty sea. And one of the greatest events was still to come — God descending in fire upon Mount Sinai.
Not only did they see what He had done to their enemies but were witnesses to how He had protected them from all danger during the entire process. When the pillar of cloud and fire stood between Israel and Pharaoh’s chariots, He had acted as a shield between them and the enemy. Just as an eagle will put its young upon its back as it flies, thus protecting the young from the hunter’s arrows, so too, God protected them from those who would destroy them. The message is clear: they were in no position to save themselves. God alone delivered them and left no doubt that their salvation was miraculous and life altering.
It may not be that our deliverance from the bondage of sin was so dramatic as the Exodus from Egypt but it is no less miraculous and life altering. We know what our lives were like before He saved us; we were witnesses to what He did in order to bring us to Him, including the times that He sheltered us from harm when we were powerless to do anything on our own. He did this for us in order to bring about the same result as it was the children of Israel — to bring us to Him. May we always be appreciative and grateful for all that He has done on our behalf.
Blessings and Shalom,