The order I will present them follows what I do in class. Clearly the main importance in the event is a sign to John that Jesus was the Messiah whom John was sent to give advance notice about. But why a dove?
Why only in this passage is the Spirit referred to as a dove? The selection of a dove seems appropriate to manifest the presence of the third person of the triune God as compared, for example to other creatures or objects , since the dove comes from above to below, suggests purity in its whiteness, and suggests spirituality as a graceful flying creature.
More meaning seems built in to the dove idea when we recall Genesis 1: Still, why a dove instead of some other sort of bird? Doves were stipulated as sacrifices for the poor in Israel. As an approved animal for sacrifices, the whiteness of doves indicates the purity and innocence that befits the Holy Spirit.
A dove is certainly easier to use at the Jordan baptism than other sacrificial animals, such as a goat, a lamb, or an ox. The dove is also prominent in the post-wrath account of Noah emerging from the flood. Pulling several ideas together, the dove as a metaphor of the Spirit of God has obvious ideas of purity and mediation in our relationship with God. This concept is also seen in the words of Romans 8, as Paul wrote that when a believer does not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will make intercession for her with groanings vv.
The parallels between a dove and the Holy Spirit continue when we understand that a dove can easily be spookedby strange noises. It is said that a dove will return to the same spot a couple of times when hearing a strange noise but will not return a third time to the same location.
The Holy Spirit can be vexed, grieved and even blasphemed Eph. It is also interesting to note that when most birds hover in the air, their wing tips point toward the back, in the direction of their tail feathers.
Luke says, “And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him. ” Because the Holy Spirit is just that—spirit—He is not visible to us. On this. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is specifically mentioned as coming in the form of a dove. This occurs during Jesus' baptism where it is.
On a dove, however, the wing tips point toward the head. This is unique when we consider how the anointing oil was poured upon the heads of the kings and priests in Israel. The oil was poured from one ear, across the front of the head, to the other ear. Years ago, the great evangelist Leonard Ravenhill noted that there are nine main feathers on the left and right wings of the dove.
He pointed out that there are also nine gifts of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor. There are also five main tail feathers on a dove, which can represent the fivefold ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists and teachers Eph. The tail feathers of a dove are like the rudder of a ship—they assist in balance and direction in flight, just as the fivefold ministry gifts in the church bring balance to the body of Christ. Returning to the story of Noah, the ark was prepared with a special upper window. This window was not glass but would have been an opening on the top level of the ark, most likely protected by wooden coverings.
After the flood, Noah opened the same window. However, the Hebrew word used in this instance is challown, which refers to the coveringover the window rather than the window itself. The challown would have been made of wood and been designed to keep the rain out. When Noah opened the window, the light and illumination poured into a dim ark, and the dove had an opening to flow in and out.
Studying this many years ago, I realized the ark was a picture of safety and security in a time of distress and trouble. This man-made window not only kept the rain from getting in,but it also prevented or withheld the dove from being free to get outand fly. These barriers prevent the Dove, the Holy Spirit, from having free access to the face of the waters where new life will soon burst in the light of the Son of God. There are so many spiritual hindrances, including the traditions of men, that can stop the flow of the Spirit.
We must remove denominational coverings that have separated the outpouring on the outside from the people on the inside. Spiritual veils must melt from the eyes of our understanding, and this is accomplished through deeper illumination and understanding of the Word. This is because the Roman government was in charge of the currency, but only Hebrew coins were permissible to pay the temple tax—thus the need for money-changers who set up tables in the court of the Gentiles and exchanged the Roman coins for local coins.
Those attending worship from other nations often brought with them coins affixed with the faces of men, gods or animals, which also were exchanged before entering the temple. These exchanges provided oil, salt, wine and animals for the various sacrifices—all purchasable for a price.
Money-changing had become a very profitable business, as the exchange rates went as high as percent. And on the particular day Christ entered the temple, He would have first passed by the court of the Gentiles, where the tables of the money-changers were set.
While passing by, Christ would also have observed doves being kept and sold in the area. According to Leviticus At the moment He saw all this activity, Christ set His heart on purifying the temple compound, and He began overturning the tables of the money-changers and those who sold doves: We can assume that when the fragile wooden cages of the doves struck the floor, they broke, and suddenly the doves were loosed and began to fly.
Imagine those freed white birds seen by casual observers from any high hill, such as the Mount of Olives. In my mind, I see many individuals who needed healing or a miracle watching the commotion from afar. As they came to the temple to see—or perhaps were carried there by others—notice what occurred next: When the house of God is cleansed from selfish, greedy and carnal leaders and the church no longer sits in its seat and attempts to control the movement of the Dove, releasing Him instead within the body of Christ for ministry, then we see sinners converted, the depressed released, the sick cured and the people rejoice.
Out of the flood waters, the dove returned to the ark with an olive leaf in its mouth. Of the hundreds of possible tree leaves to reappear after the earth was covered with water, the dove found the leaf of a tree created by God to produce olives. This is the leaf that came back in the mouth of the dove. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is not a cloud, a fire or even a dove, but rather a divine presence whose authority is released through the mouth—through preaching, teaching, singing and prophetic utterances flowing like oil from the lips of those upon whom the Spirit has rested.
The prophet Zechariah described two olive trees on the left and right side of the menorah whose olive branches are like pipes pouring out golden oil.
They are identified as the two anointed ones standing by the Lord Zech. Thus, the dove represents the Holy Spirit and the olive leaf the anointing that flows through the spoken word He gives. He is still like unto a dove! Perry Stone is the best-selling author of numerous books, including How to Interpret Dreams and Visions and The Code of the Holy Spirit , from which this article is adapted.
When a rabbi in Jerusalem told Perry Stone that, according to Jewish tradition, speaking in tongues was something the high priest did in the holy of holies, Stone set out to discover lesser-known details and insights concerning the Holy Spirit. The result of that journey is his latest revelation-packed book, The Code of the Holy Spirit, available online or in bookstores across the nation. Visit the Charisma Store to view all our specials.
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