Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Dove on the Street

The fad these days is Crazy Bands: little rubber bands made in different shapes that stretch around your wrist as a bracelet. The shape is indiscernible while the band is on your wrist, but becomes recognizable as the tension is removed and the rubber snaps back in shape.

While prayer walking through Hamtramck I came across a Crazy Band on the street shaped like a dove. It was a blessing, and I'm still wearing it and thinking about the dove in scripture.

In Genesis 8:8 Noah sent out a dove to check if the land was ready to be occupied because Doves do not touch anything dead. It came back bearing an olive branch: a messenger of peace, cleansing and redemption.

In Leviticus doves are required sacrifices, tools for covering sin, symbolic of innocence dying and foreshadowing the death of Christ.

In Song of Solomon the King refers to the Bride as a dove, using the description as a symbolic term of affection, paralleling Christ and the church.

In the prophets doves represent birds of mourning and moaning and stand as examples of grief and repentance.

In Matthew 10:16 Jesus commands His disciples to be as innocent as doves (in pairing with wise as serpents) before sending them out to minister.

In Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22 and John 1:32 the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in the form of a dove.

The dove has 9 major feathers on each wing. The Holy Spirit has 9 fruits and 9 gifts

The Fruit 

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Gentleness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

The Gifts
  1. The Word of Knowledge
  2. The Word of Wisdom
  3. The Gift of Prophecy
  4. The Gift of Faith
  5. The Gifts of Healings
  6. The Working of Miracles
  7. The Discerning of Spirits
  8. Different Kinds of Tongues
  9. The Interpretation of Tongues
 There is surely more to study and discover in the life of the dove and its symbolism for the spirit, but the bracelet reminded me of the Spirit's presence in the believer's life and God's good gift of a comforter and advocate for His children, the presence of Christ within and without. The word of God is everywhere. Do we have ears to hear and soft, believing hearts to understand?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! God is awesome to have set fourth such minute details that one would only discover by digging deeper! I learned something new and meaningful! Thanks for sharing and providing teaching points along the way.