The taskmasters in Egypt made the lives of the children of Israel very bitter with cruel bondage, Ex. 1:13-14, and the sinner convicted by the Holy Spirit of his sins under the law, finds to his soul’s grief that he cannot meet the laws demands. He consents unto the law that it is good, and its requirements righteous. Oh, he would be righteous, but finds himself the servant of sin, a poor, condemned sinner. How willingly he would fly away from his wretchedness, but he has no wings; and where shall he flee from his sins and the felt displeasure of the Almighty God against whom he has sinned. The Psalmist David, in his sore oppressions when encompassed by his cruel enemies in his overwhelming afflictions, exclaimed, “Oh, that I bad wings like a dove, for then would I fly away and be at rest. Lo, I would wander far off and remain in the wilderness; I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest,” Psalm 55:6-8.
“When the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham,” Acts 7:17. The very year of God’s redeemed had come, Isa. 63:4; the outstretched arm of the Lord brought forth the tribes of Israel from their Egyptian bondage. The Lord had his decreed way for their exodus, their redemption, their deliverance from the “iron furnace”, Deut. 4:20. Israel found Egypt to be a terrible furnace, and the sinners called by grace, while in his sins, while under the curse of the law, find themselves melted because of the iron furnace. From the right hand of the Lord there goeth forth a fiery law, Deut. 33:2, and the convicted sinner fears in his conscience that he will be utterly consumed by his sins under the burning displeasure of the Lord.
The Passover Lamb was very significant unto the families of the house of Israel. They were, to take the blood of the Lamb and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses wherein they shall eat it, and, saith the Lord, the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are. And when I see the blood I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt”, Ex. 12:7-13.
Shall I say the blood of the Passover lamb gave them the wings of a dove to fly away out of Egypt, and against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, Ex. 11:7. “Thus saith the Lord, They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will place them in their houses”, Hosea 11:11. They have made their flight out of bondage and captivity and their hearts flutter with hope and in gracious expectation of the loving kindness of the Lord. Oh, what happy moments are they when on the wings of faith and love we fly to the bosom of Christ and him crucified. Thy wings I believe in Christ Jesus are covered with silver, and thy feathers with yellow gold, Psa. 68:13.
O beautiful sweet dove, with thy silver, golden wings, thou flyest in the heavens for Jehovah is thy help, and the sun of righteousness shineth upon thee. O how radiant thou art. Thou shinest in resplendent glories. Though in thy Egyptian slavery thou hast lain among the pots, now thou fliest to thy windows of the Lord’s graciousness in the everlasting covenant, to the bosom of Emmanuel, thy Redeemer, the chiefest among ten thousand and altogether lovely. O fair and sweet Dove, I am delighted to see thee fly.
“In the ark the weary dove
Found a welcome resting place;
Thus my spirit long to prove –
Rest in Christ the ark of grace.”
FREDERICK W. KEENE, RALEIGH, NC
Primitive Monitor and Church Advocate
Corvin Dove, Editor, Thornville, Ohio
September 1924, Vol. #39, No. 9