Just a simple dove

When was the last time you heard the cooing of a mourning dove? Yes, that little unassuming and demure grey bird, usually found with its mate. Oh, did I just say two of them? Yes, reminds me of the doves of Noah.

It is certainly worth mentioning that the Baptist said: ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode on him.’  And speaking of Christ, Matthew adds: ‘He (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.’  John also heard a voice from heaven: ‘this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.’  Pleasing indeed, for it is this same One that in whom we have redemption.’

But why the dove? A few reasons can be discerned. It is a testament to the promises of God, as in reliable and credible. The bird was a reminder of judgment passed, but also of promise. Once more, the favor of God would be shown to man through the last Adam, the Lord Himself. And judgment? Oh yea, a place called Golgotha’s hill.

Promise? To keep his own, and to not leave his people without a Comforter. That witness of God Himself who promised  the Spirit, and it pleases Him to see its fruit. Like the dove, we think of gentleness, joy, self-control, patience, kindness,  and it is so easy to give glory to God for such care of thought.

Can you think of another bird that will sit with its ‘friend’ in a tree or on a wire for 5 hours?  Gee, you would think that after thousands of years of experience and ho-hum existence, the dove would tire of this, and find a better way. (sarcasm against evolution)

They patiently sit from a distance, waiting till the other birds are finished at the feeder, then fly to the ground, happy with leftovers. They are soft-spoken and have a very, very nice spirit about them. I like em.

The  whistling of the wings when they take off, the gentle cooOO woo woo,  there is a whole lotta good stuff going on with the doves, the Spirit, the faithfulness and the promises of God, and His word that His own are of more value than many sparrows..

 

 

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29 Responses to Just a simple dove

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Yes, reminds me of the doves of Noah.” – Actually, it reminds me of the Sumerian work of fiction, “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” written a full 200 years before “Noah” was alleged to have lived – the hero of THAT flood story, Utinapishtim, sent out a dove and a raven before his boat docked and he built an altar and sacrificed to the gods who, “smelled the sweet savor.”

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I almost pity you arxh-

      that you work so hard to believe every perversion of the word of God. Please do not revisit the flood here, as readers know the context is about two birds, but the ‘sweet savour’ deals with the true God and you know it.

      The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Truth, knows a bit more about history than you. Please do not embarrass yourself any further. .

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Noah’s doves? Really?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Fact of the matter, they were sent out as a pair, and they still hang out in pairs.

          Kind of cool really.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          The flood is a fictional story based on the Gilgamesh epic.
          There is no evidence of a global flood, – but quite convincing evidence of a local flood – so why do persist with this fallacious nonsense?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          There is another post on the flood, with many comments you would enjoy. Not interested here, but if u admit a ‘local flood,’ then u are are headed in the right direction.

          And just ask yourself why in God’s good name would a vessel 450 ft long by 75 ft high, be needed for a mere puddle…

          Engage the brain ark, and read the other post.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Needed? What on earth are you talking about? The story is fiction. It was never built.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          And no link either?
          I despair of one such as you.
          You tell me I don’t get it, yet refuse to supply any links when I questioned the John pericope of the adulterous woman.
          You claim the moral high ground yet scuttle off to hide behind your own shallowness when asked to demonstrate your integrity.

          How can you claim to be a man of faith when you have no honour and constantly practice obfuscation, evasion and deceit.

          Yeshua would turn his back on one such as you very quickly.

          You should practice humility rather than the hubris you exude on an all too regular basis my friend.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          ark-

          You are impatient. There is a post coming……may be helpful, but your suggestions of deceit are kinda lame.

          In the meantime, if you do not believe the writings of Moses, how in God’s good name could I add anything to your concrete minded insolence?

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Moses is a fictional character.
          You have no evidence for anything you promote on this blog.
          And your intransigence is only matched by either your ignorance based indoctrination or blatant stupidity.
          I know not which it is.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          And I am still waiting for one damn link for the recognition f the veracity of the John pericope re the adulteress woman.
          have you not a single shred of honesty or are you little more than a Benny Hinn charlatan?

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  2. David says:

    “Can you think of another bird that will sit with its ‘friend’ in a tree or on a wire for 5 hours? Gee, you would think that after thousands of years of experience and ho-hum existence, the dove would tire of this, and find a better way.”

    May I suggest two reasons why the bird “sits with its friend?” Depending time of year, you’re probably either looking at a mated pair or you’re looking a two birds waiting and hoping for gang to form. In the winter, it’s the second explanation that is more likely

    Mourning doves flock both for feeding and as a predator defense strategy. At my feeder, the doves assemble in an adjacent tree and then move to the feeder in large groups, displacing all of the smaller birds. When the doves take over, it’s no other birds allowed. They hoover up as many seeds as they can hold, and then they return to the adjacent tree to digest. “Self-control?” Not really. Meanwhile, the hawks are waiting for their favorite thing…a lone mourning dove flying across the yard.

    So, maybe, for the two birds in question, waiting for hours for more birds to appear really is the better way after all.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      david- or is it joshua

      My doves exhibit self control, patience, they do not behave unseemly.They are in pairs year round.

      God made all creatures great and small. But I appreciate moreso their witness of the son of God.

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      • David says:

        “My doves exhibit self control, patience, they do not behave unseemly.”

        Well, I know what my doves do. “Unseemly” is a good word for it.

        Mourning doves are noted for their ability to eat large quantities of seed in one sitting; this is made possible by a large crop. They will eat 15 to 20 % of the their body weight in one day. These are basic facts. Now, is really an example of “patience” and “self-control?”

        “They are in pairs year round.”

        Well, then, you have your explanation for the two birds sitting together for hours. It’s perfectly consistent with evolutionary theory. So, save your sarcasm.

        By the way, if you think about it, if sitting in a tree with another bird for 5 hours was not a “better way”, then these birds would cease to exist, regardless of whether they were created a million years ago or five thousands years ago. Individuals must survive TODAY regardless of the date of origin. If the behavior is not conducive with survival and reproduction TODAY, the species ceases to exist. They’d better not be too “seemly” or “patient” or they’re gone forever. That’s true for a YEC scenario as well as an evolutionary scenario.

        Look, you’re obviously free to make all of the analogies and metaphors you want, but I think it would be helpful if you had a little better understanding of the natural world (compasses, doves) when you do so.

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      • David says:

        “God made all creatures great and small. ”

        I have to ask. Are you familiar with the Monty Python parody of this?

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        God made all creatures great and small. But I appreciate more so their witness of the son of God.” – If you could ever bring yourself to substitute evidence for platitudes, you might be onto something —

        Clearly, you’re afraid to let your readers see the actual origin of the Bible’s flood fable. The Catholic Church did what you’re doing – hid the truth from the common people – for a thousand years. They were afraid too.

        “‘Scrutumini scripturas’
        (‘Let us examine the scriptures’)
        These two words have undone the world.”
        — John Selden —
        (1584-1658)

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      • David says:

        “david- or is it joshua”

        By the way, who is Joshua? Do you have me confused with someone else?

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    • David…
      This post isn’t a scientific treatise on dove psychology.
      Just so you know…

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      • David says:

        Sorry, this is better placed here….

        “This post isn’t a scientific treatise on dove psychology. Just so you know…”

        Understood. So, why introduce the “sarcasm against evolution?”

        I know that ColorStorm wants the biological world to be a certain way so that he can create nice metaphors or analogies or whatever, but the biological world is the way it is. The natural world doesn’t exist so that we can tell pretty stories.

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  3. Lovely, colorstorm! We used to have a dove keeper across the street. He’d let the doves out all day and they’d return in the evening. I loved watching them. I’m surrounded by birds here. Lots of eagles, crows, blue jays, herons, sparrows, geese, and so many other birds I don’t even recognize. From reading scripture, I get the impression that God is rather fond of birds. He then proceeds to explain that we are even more precious to Him. I love that.

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  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Come on, CS – grow a pair, assuming that you’re even male – have the balls to discuss with me the last 12 verses of Mark! You couldn’t believe that your Jesus will protect you, if you’re cowering behind moderation! “O ye of little faith!”

    The sources you don’t want your readers to know about have not come from atheist websites, but from Christian ones – Christian ones that, unlike you, are not afraid to acknowledge the truth.

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  5. I love your reflection on them doves and their symbolism, CS. Made me think; made me smile. 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx L Frm VA-

      Your 2 short and sweet replies were coo coo cool……………

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    • David says:

      I’m puzzled. X is used as a symbol of Y, but X is described inaccurately. Doesn’t this create a problem. I know it’s a pretty story, but it’s based on something that isn’t accurate. Doesn’t that bother anyone?

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        …it’s a pretty story, but it’s based on something that isn’t accurate. Doesn’t that bother anyone?” – When one lives in a fantasy world, David, what’s one more inaccuracy?

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  6. sage_brush says:

    This is lovely retrospective. I love to hear their cooing, and have often thought of the dove flying back to Noah with the olive twig in her beak. What a joyful sight that must have been. Praise Him for His faithfulness to us! His creation shouts out His glory and majesty.

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  7. Doves were also clean animals and sacrificed to the Lord. Mary’s offering for purification after giving birth to Messiah. Once doves nested on the ledge outside my window at work. The nest wasn’t sturdy looking, but the baby birds did well.
    Thank you, ColorStorm! It’s a pleasure to think these thoughts with you,
    Maria

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