A single mention of anything in Scripture ought to be paid attention to. But when there are multiple mentions of any one thing, it seems to me God has something important in mind! It piques my interest.
Scripture mentions doves over thirty times. Often the context gives great honor to the dove. The most well-known mention being in the baptism of Jesus, which links the Holy Spirit with the symbolism of the dove.
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Luke 3:22
In Song of Solomon, the great book on the love of God, both the lover and the beloved are said to have eyes like the dove. Jesus sent His disciples out with the admonition to be as wise as serpents but gentle as doves. Noah sent a dove out to learn if the ground was ready for dwelling. Doves were a common sacrifice in Temple worship. For more details on the Scriptural mentions of doves, Biblical Archaeology offers an in-depth look at the symbolism of doves.
Interactive learning helps me The dove as symbolic of the Spirit of God intrigued me; so, I purchased some doves to learn from them. It’s been a delight and I wanted to share some of their lessons. Over the next few weeks, I will share a dove note to enjoy! May it bless you and tune your ears to the Holy Spirit!
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