There are multiple words for hawk in the Hebrew language. One of which is איה ‘ayah.’
איה ‘ayah’ comes from the root אה ‘ah’ which means a ‘strong sigh’ in reference to a desire. Who is the Desired One? Messiah (Haggai 2:7).
Hag 2:7 And I will shake all the nations; and the desire of all nations shall come. And I will fill this house with glory, says Jehovah of Hosts.
The Hawk flies by His Wisdom (Job 39:26). Who is Wisdom? Messiah (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30).
Plants and Animals of the Bible
“Hawk. Hawks are the fierce little brothers in the eagle and vulture family. Adult hawks vary from one to two feet in length. They are known for their exceptional eyesight, which is about eight times as keen as man’s. Solomon remarked, “Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird” (Pro_1:17).”
The imagery of the hawk flying in the air searching for prey can be linked to God.
Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Zec 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
2Ch 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Notice that the ‘eyes’ of the LORD are seven and are linked with the Menorah. More on this below…
The Hawk & the Pen/Quill
The English word ‘kite’, which is a type of hawk, traces back to the Old English ‘cyta’ which was the word for hawk and further back to the Hebrew word עיט ‘ayit’ which means a bird of prey (Genesis 15:11) but is also the word for a pen in Hebrew. This word is linked to dwelling under the shadow of the wings of the Most High.
Under His Wings=the apple of His Eye=the Little Guy in His Eye=His covenant Bride=His Body
Psa 63:7 For You have been a help to me, and I will rejoice under the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 63:8 My soul is cleaved (clings Deuteronomy 10:20; 11:22) after You; Your right hand (Messiah) upholds me.
Abiding in the cleft of the rock = abiding under the shelter of His wings
Psa 61:4 I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. Abiding in the Tabernacle = abiding in the shelter of His wings
Rev 7:15 Because of this they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary. And He sitting on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.
Psa 27:5 For in the day of evil He shall hide me in His shelter (סכה ‘sukkah’); in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.
Rock of Etam
Jdg 15:8 And he struck them hip on thigh, a great slaughter, and went down and lived in the cleft of the rock Etam.
Etam = “lair of wild beasts”
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H5861
1) bird of prey, a swooper
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H5860
Samson dwelling in the cleft of the Rock (Messiah) at Etam (Eagles wings).
The root word of Etam is עט ‘et’:
Here we see that the word Etam means an eagle’s wings in the sense of wrapping. Samson dwelt in the cleft of the Rock (Rock = Messiah 1 Corinthians 10:4) in the city of Etam (wrapped in eagles wings)
It is also interesting that the word for pen/stylus comes from this same root word and is associated with the eagle’s/bird of prey’s talons.
The word in Hebrew for quill is נוצה ‘notsa’ which comes from the root נץ ‘nets’ which is another Hebrew word for hawk.
This connects back to Genesis 1:2. The Spirit hovering on the waters is likened under a hen hovering over her brood. Again, the concept of dwelling under the shadow of His Wings is seen.
Gen 1:2 and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,
The word translated as hovered comes from the following:
Here we see imagery of a bird hovering over its nest. The LORD Jesus is described in this same imagery.
Deu 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness. He encircled him and cared for him; He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Mat 23:37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a bird gathers her chicks under her wings! And you did not desire it.
רחף ‘rachaph’ comes from the root:
Messiah is the door that we enter in order to abide in His ‘House’ (John10:7) it is through Him that we are covered/hidden. This is the definition of who the Israel of God is (Galatians 6:16)…His hidden ones (Psalm 83:3). It is by the covenant cut in Messiah (Daniel 9:26; Isaiah 42:6) by His sacrifice on the tree that we are covered (1 John 1:7). It is through His Outstretched Arms (wings) that Messiah is calling us (John 3:14; 12:32) and gathering us together as a Shepherd does His flock (John 10:14-16).
This is how we enter the Door into the House, this is how we are declared innocent and pure in His eyes. This is how we become His friends and enter into His tents in an intimate relationship.
נץ ‘nets’ also means the colors coming off of metal when struck. There are 7 colors in the color spectrum, corresponding to the 7 eyes of the LORD mentioned above in connection with the hawk soaring above in the skies searching for prey imagery.
This is an amazing link to physics. The discovery of atoms came about because of this very concept of נץ ‘nets,’ the ‘spectral fingerprint.’ This use of the phrase ‘spectral fingerprint’ is fascinating in that the ‘finger’ of God is likened unto a pen/stylus or quill that writes the Word.
Exo 31:18 And when He finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave to Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.
The spectral fingerprint is the pattern of colors given off by a gas when heated to a certain temperature. No two gases emit the same pattern, hence they are described as a fingerprint.
Experiments on the spectral fingerprint of gases by Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues, Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden, is what led to the Periodic Table of Elements. Interestingly, it was helium that was first identified in 1868 by its spectrum in the solar atmosphere, hence helium’s name from ἥλιος ‘helios’ meaning the sun. It is not surprising then that the ‘sun god’ of Egypt was linked to the Hawk.