Why does the Bible speak so often about doves? Perhaps it is because the dove is one of the first birds mentioned in the Bible.
He sent out a raven; it flew back and forth waiting for the floodwaters to dry up. Then he sent a dove to check on the flood conditions, but it couldn’t even find a place to perch—water still covered the earth. (Genesis 8:7-9, MSG)
It is also the acceptable sacrifice for the sins of the poor. Doves represent peace. Even David mentioned that. He craved wings like a dove so he could fly away and be at rest. (Psalm 55)
Did you know that the name Jonah means Dove? I don’t think he really had much peace, especially when he purposely tried to run away from God.
But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet] and went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading places then known—that is he wanted to get as far away as he could—from God and from Nineveh! (Jonah 1:3, AMP)
Prayer – Father God, help us to walk in a way that glorifies you and gives us peace. Amen
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