“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
-Jesus commissioned the 12 apostles & gave them instructions to exercise wisdom & humility in their work of evangelisation. The dove is described here as a meek bird which portrays the fruit of humility. Sometimes we are faced by challenges or are compelled to make difficult decisions in our lives. We are reminded to remain calm & exercise wisdom so that the image of Christ remains in us.
-Dove in Hebrew is written as yonah & is most commonly used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit & peace. Dove can also be used to describe a person who advocates for peaceful or conciliatory policies, especially in foreign affairs. Further, doves have 9 main feathers on each wing which signify the gifts & fruit of the Holy Spirit.
-Noah willingly sent a dove after the flood leaving all the other birds in the ark, which was symbolic to seeking the help of the Holy Spirit. He released the dove for the first time but it returned because the water was not settled. Sometimes our hearts are filled with anger, hatred etc. which hinders the Holy Spirit from dwelling in us. After seven days; Noah sent the dove again & it came back with an olive leaf which was a sign of hope for Noah & his family. God gives us hope for a better future as we continue to dwell in His presence. After another seven days the dove was sent again & did not return as the Holy Spirit goes before us to direct us in all our ways (Gen 8:11-12). King Solomon compares the dove to a beautiful woman ascribing her to his beloved Shulamite woman. He praises her for the exceptional glamour she possesses which would delight most ladies. The dove is also a symbol of purity & true believers possess this beauty of holiness (Songs of Solomon 6:9). The Syrian army led by king Ben-Hadad besieged Samaria cutting off all the food supplies into the city. Samaritans got to their lowest point of lack & ate anything available for survival including; doves droppings, donkey heads, their fellow human beings among others. Prophet Elisha prophesied that flour & barley would be available at the gate of Samaria for a shekel; placing his focus on Gods’ power of provision which the king & the citizens did not value at the time (2 kings 6:25-26). John the Baptist in John 1:32-34 became a true witness of Jesus by baptizing Him with water; Christ Who baptizes by the Spirit to fulfill all righteousness in redemption through His blood. After this baptism; God confirmed that Jesus is His Son & the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove fulfilling the Word according to 1 John 5:6-8. The dove is also described as meek; a fruit of the Holy Spirit which we seek everyday so that we may inherit the earth by our good works of peace & love.
Come Holy Spirt & fill our hearts with Your wisdom & humility for Your name sake. Help us to always be wise & remain calm at the wake of strife that Your peace may rein in all the earth. You have called us Your sons, guide us & our leaders to be agents of peace & love in all we say & do for the glory of Your name. Amen
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