Is God a Hen?

Sep 05, 13 Is God a Hen?

Luke 13:34 (ESV)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!


Matthew 23:37 (ESV)

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.


I finally realized this (it should have been obvious to me – oh, well 😉 ), which is that often when God states something in a simile, as in the above verses, it is not God comparing Himself with something else but the something else being compared to an attribute of God’s.  The hen gathers her brood because God does this with us.  She is an example, a mirror, or analogy* of what God does and it isn’t the other way around.  In some instances, He mirrored the things He created in nature after Himself.  His nature is mirrored in His creation: the eagle flying under her eaglets, ready to catch them in her pinions should they fall in flight (see Deuteronomy 32:11 below) and this example of a hen, laying herself over her chicks, her children, when danger is bearing down on them.  Oh how He loves us; we are NEVER far from His thoughts.


Deuteronomy 32:11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
    that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
    bearing them on its pinions,


Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;



*Analogy definition: when two different things share characteristics that lead to a comparison between them


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