“Then God said, “…Let birds fly above…” Birds are the greatest symbol of freedom in God’s creation. Numerous nations use the eagle as their emblem. Birds are the freest of God’s creatures, their wings can take them “any” place they desire. People have always been facinated by birds and it has even led us to invent flight.
Our God is a God of freedom. If he created the birds, he himself must be the author of freedom, and his freedom is greater than any of his creatures. If the birds are free, how much more free is God! The bird kingdom is a constant reminder of the extraordinary freedom and liberty of God and our call to share in his freedom.
History teaches mankind’s constant battle for freedom. Because of man’s disobedience to God (which we thought would bring freedom) we constantly struggle for liberty. And at the same time we seek to put others in bondage so that he can be free. We seem to like to clip one another’s wings and put people in cages so that we feel some semblance of superiority and liberty without God. Consequently, men have suppressed women, parents have exasperated children, whites have enslaved blacks and Gentiles have tried to annihilate Jews. This tragedy has even been perpetuated in the church with religious leaders locking up people into specific churches as a society would lock up criminals. We need to remember that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a call to freedom and we, as God’s people, need to reflect God’s freedom. Paul said it like this, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).