Does the Good Book have a good word for the Eagles?

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Stan Sheaffer put up this sign outside of First United Methodist Church of Collingswood. “This isn’t a prediction, Sheaffer said,”In my opinion, churches shouldn’t endorse a sporting event, but this is a particular truth in the Bible.”

Protestant and Jewish congregations around the world are reading about eagles this weekend and some Philadelphia faithful don’t think it’s a coincidence.

In both religions, scriptural verses assigned for reading on the first weekend in February of 2018 mention eagles – flying, soaring, victorious. 

The Revised Common Lectionary, used by many Protestant congregations, recommends Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” 

The Torah reading in Judaism, which includes Exodus 19:4, reveals God’s words to Moses after delivering the Israelites from slavery: “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.”

Rabbi Eric Yanoff delivered a sermon on that excerpt Saturday at Adath Israel congregation in Merion Station. He talked about destiny and the future. Then, the congregation sang “Fly, Eagles Fly” – in Hebrew.

At St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr, the Rev. David Tatgenhorst is adapting the Isaiah passage about the benefits of trusting God to a Super Bowl vision.

“God wants fun and a competitive spirit … ,” Tatgenhorst said, “so I like to think, ‘Run and not be weary, pass and not get intercepted.’ “