Shelter of His Wings

   Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:37 & Luços (Luke) 13:34: “Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her! How often I wished to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not!
Have you ever observed a hen protecting her brood of chicks? The little chicks, when scared, rush to hide in the shelter of the mother’s wings. Just like that mother hen, Our Heavenly Father wishes to gather us under His wings, as He wished to gather together the Children of Yisra’el and Yehudah (Judah) who refused to be gathered. Together, let’s examine the scriptural references to the theme of “wings” to shed the light of truth upon it.

 Scriptures:

 Ruth 2:12: יהוה repay your work, and your reward is complete from יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”
– In the excerpt, we have a blessing from the “Kinsmen Redeemer” Boaz to Ruth, a Moabite, who is here with her mother-in-law Naomi. She has no inheritance with Yisra’el, and yet because of Naomi and marriage to Boaz, she becomes grafted into Yisra’el and grandmother to a King (King David). Similarly, Yahweh has mercy on His people and sent His only son, Yahushua the Messiah, as our Kinsmen redeemer – to redeem us from sin unto life eternal.
 Tehellim (Psalms) 17:8: Guard me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings
– King David’s psalm is a plea to the Almighty for proving and protection. He desires to follow in the ways of Yahweh in word, thought, and deed and seeks protection in His favour and His mighty right arm. The word “shadow” is the Hebrew word tselצֵל (tsāl H6738) which means “shade or shadow” and is derived from the Hebrew word tsalalצָלַל (tsä·lal’ H6751) which means “to make or grow dark.”
 Tehellim (Psalms) 36:7: How precious is Your kindness, O Elohim! And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
 – Yahweh’s loving-kindness extends to those “who know him” and His righteousness to “the upright of heart.” (Psa 36:10) With Him is “the spring of life, in who’s light we see light,” (Psa 36:9) why would we not seek shelter in the shadow of His wings?
 Tehellim (Psalms) 57:1: Show me favour, O Elohim, show me favour! For in You my being is taking refuge; And in the shadow of your wings I take refuge, Until destruction passes by.
 – This psalm was created while David fled from King Saul. David here is seeking refuge and deliverance from the men of King Sha’ul (Saul), for they set traps and snares for David, whom had done no wrong before Sha’ul. It was in Yahweh’s hand that David received deliverance and refuge.  
 Tehellim (Psalms) 61:4: Let me dwell in Your tent forever, Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.
 – King David humbles himself to lean on Yahweh when “his heart overwhelmed” (Psa 61:1), for Yahweh has been a “refuge and strong tower”(Psa 61:2). Even the King, when facing adversity and strife, sought refuge and counsel in the Almighty. David also says in verse 5: “You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” Please see the study on Deities and the True Elohim for more information (link at the bottom of the page).
 Tehellim (Psalms) 63:7: For you have been my help. And in the shadow of Your wings I sing. Selah.
 – This is a great psalm for us all! When we are faced with adversity and tribulation, we should rejoice in the provision of our Elohim. He will preserve us with His righteousness and loving-kindness, and protect us with His justice and shield. 
  Tehellim (Psalms) 91:4: He covers you with feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour.
– We need not to fear if we trust in Yahweh. He will protect us as a mother hen protects her young chicks with her wings.  
  Malachi 4:2:
(2) But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. 
– The “sun of righteousness” has long been established as the Messiah, and as the in previous reference to the Kinsmen Redeemer, will come to heal Yahweh’s people. We see the continuation of the Messianic prophecy in the following verse with judgement type events: And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says יהוה of host. (Mal 4:3)

 Possible Deeper Connections:

  The word “pesach” פֶּסַח (H6453 from H6452) which is commonly referred to as “Passover,” is most often translated as “to pass over, skip over, jump over, and to limp or be lame.” More interestingly, the Hebrew word “pesach” has a connection to the Egyptian word “pesh” which means to “cover with wings or hover over with wings.” Here are a couple of Scripture verses that may lend support to this idea: 
 Devarim (Deuteronomy) 32:11-12:
(11) As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings:
(12) So Elohim alone did lead him, and there was no strange elohim with him.
 Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 31:5: As birds hovering, so will יהוה of Hosts protect Yerushalayim; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.2
 Tehellim (Psalms) 91:4: He covers you with feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour.
– The implications here is that in the Exodus account, Yahweh literally hovers above/covers with wings the door/houses of His people, signified by the blood of the lamb – a precursor to the sacrifice of Yahushua and the shedding of His blood for all :
Shemoth (Exodus) 12:13: And the blood shall be to you a token upon the house where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over (“pesach”) you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt).
Shemoth (Exodus) 12:23: For Elohim will pass through to smite the Mitsrites; and when he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two sidepost, Elohim will pass over (“pesach”) the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you. (Please see the link for the Threshold Covenant study for more information)
– Another possible implication may be the image of the Ark of the covenant – the reason for the Cherubim with wings covering the mercy seat may be a physical representation of this very same concept. The wings shield or cover the presence of Elohim as well as the contents of the Ark itself – His Ten Words, and later the jar of manna and the almond budding staff of Aharon (Aaron):
Shemoth (Exodus) 25:20: And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. Also found in Exo 37:9; 1Ki 8:6-7; 1Ch 28:18; 2Ch 3:11,13; and, 2Ch 5:7-8;  

Conclusion

I hope that this study has shed some insight to Our Father’s will and desire to protect us. He wants to shield us under the refuge of His wings. He has redeemed us through His son and called a people together that were once called “not my people”, who are now called “my people.” I pray that you are blessed and this study has been enriching and challenging in your spiritual walk. May you sing with joy in the shelter of Yahweh’s wings.
Shalom Aleichem!
Yedidiyah
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Deities and the True Elohim
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