The Hawk – pursuing the light


"Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south?" Job 39: 26.

As well as eagles and vultures, many smaller birds of prey, including falcons and hawks, are mentioned in the Bible.



The commonest, although endangered, hawk in Israel is the Kestrel, the same bird that we see in Europe, hovering in the sky with head into the wind and fanned tail bent down. Suddenly it drops down to seize its prey - an insect, reptile or small mammal.

Fruits in the light

Not only do hawks have very keen eyesight, but what impressed the people of Palestine was their ability to fly south, right into the sun’s eye, without being dazzled by its rays. In the bright sunlight the hawk can see its prey very clearly. We can say that the hawk that "spreads its wings toward the south" loves the light because it is keenly interested in what the light reveals.

In the light of God's Word we see what is good and evil, so we can make right choices. "All things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." (Ephesians 5: 13) When our sin is revealed to us, then we shall be those who acknowledge the truth, repent of the sin, and be like the hawk - swoop to do God’s will!

Instead of unfruitful works of darkness - for example selfishness, laziness, unkindness and lying - we can bring forth the fruit of the light in all goodness, righteousness and truthfulness.

A love for the truth

Be wise, and love the light. "See then that you walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5: 15-17)

Every day God gives us opportunities for salvation. To spread our wings towards the sun is to have a love for the truth and a living interest in God's Word that teaches, reproves and instructs us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-17), instead of being among those who love darkness rather than light (John 3: 19-21).


Read also: Love the brotherhood!

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