by Mark Tross
I think we can honestly say that the writer of this song had a thing about birds, not just ones mentioned in the scriptures, just birds in general, at least in the beginning parts of the lyrics, because on the third day of Christmas the gift given was three French hens. Some of you might ask, What’s a hen weigh? The Urban Dictionary states it this way:
"Hey dude! Do you know where I can get a henway?"
"what's a henway?"
"Oh about two and a half pounds."
Some attribute this joke to the Marx Brothers, be that as it may, we do have precedent to speak about three hens at least, because hen is in the bible exactly three times, just not French ones. God would say, “Moses, Moses” and Jesus would say, “Verily, Verily” (KJV) or “Truly, Truly,” so when The Holy Spirit repeats Himself we pay attention!
Hen is spoken of in Zechariah (his name means God Remembers) 6:14, as the son of Zephaniah, whose name means in Hebrew: grace, graciousness, kindness, favor, beauty, gracious, pleasant, well-favored, from the root word meaning; to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, bestow, to implore by petition, beseech, find, favorable, give, grant, graciously, intreat, be merciful, have mercy, shew mercy on, upon, pray, and make supplication. Do these meanings sound like the attributes of God toward humankind, actually all of His creation, because The Word tells us that all of creation groans for the fullness of redemption and the only way to be redeemed is by The Blood (Life Is In The Blood) Of The Lamb Of God, Jesus, our Redeemer!
Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 both speak of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and crying out about how He longed to gather all who were scattered (like sheep without a shepherd) under His Wings, like a mother hen, but they would not. Thank God for Romans 9-11, because like Joseph revealing himself to his brothers in Egypt (representative of the world system), Jesus is going to remove the veil from Israel’s eyes, when He returns for the second time and they will come to see and experientially know Him for Who He truly is, Messiah, Christ, The Anointed One!
In the Greek language, hen means: a bird (as rising in the air), “rear,” a mountain (as lifting itself above the plain) hill or mount. Let us face it, one would not normally think of a hen rising in the air, because we are so attuned to the biblical phrase, mounting up with wings, as eagles, but it was Jesus Who said He desired to gather them up, as a mother hen. When He returns the mountains will be laid low, the valleys will rise up and all the earth will be filled with His Glory!
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