I said that I would tell more about the Dove...
Well, the next time the dove is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 15:9. God just told Abram (soon to be named Abraham ) that he would someday have a son and that the land before him was to be his and his descendants (remember...old man Abrams didn't even have one child at this time!). To seal the promise God told Abrams,
"'Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon." (Gen 15:9)
Abrams was to sacrifice these sweet, precious, innocent animals and by their blood a covenant was made with Abrams.
I always feel really bad about the animals sacrificed in the Old Testament.
But you know, I finally understood that they were just a picture and example to us of the great sacrifice God would make of His very own sweet, precious, innocent Son one day. All the animals sacrificed in the time before Jesus were for us to understand how innocent Jesus was when He hung upon the cross and was sacrificed by God for all the people of the world.
The Good News is... not only did humans get redemption from Jesus' sacrifice of himself but after that first Easter never again did God ask for animals to be sacrificed. Jesus is the once and for all time sacrifice!
What's amazing Pete is how you think you don't t know the Bible. But as soon as you start thinking about things in terms of animals you know so much more than I do!
Whoa... cool... Thanks, Lucy!
Know what? There's still more about doves in the Bible! But next week!
Now it's time to play with Caesar!!!
The photo of Jesus on the cross is from Wikipedia and it is by Michelangelo and in a church in Florence, Italy. The pigeon (doves are of the same family) is a fat and happy little church pigeon that my dad took at a church in Athens, Greece. I guess that pigeon must be happy to live in the AD - just like the rest of us!