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Genesis 8:10-32

Mike – In your comments regarding Noah, the dove and the olive branch, I, for the first time see an example for us in how to walk by faith and not by sight. I believe that in every part of the Bible, Old and New Testament redemption, salvation, righteous living and holiness that point to the Messiah and His Work on the cross, can be seen. It just takes time and persistence to see it or have it revealed.

When Noah, sending out the raven that flew back and forth until the earth was dry and then sending out the dove, did this, he set an example of how to walk by faith. The text shows us that even thought there was a window on the Ark his eye sight was blocked. He knew that the earth was out there but he was not able to use his five senses to determine the condition of the ground. We are told by the apostle Paul not to walk in or after the flesh especially in his letter to the Romans. Moses relied on two birds that feed on and live amongst two entirely different food sources.

The raven is a carrion, it feeds on dead things, dead flesh. The dove, which is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit, does not hang around death. Paul states:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1 KJV)

The olive branch represents the anointing, the Anointed One. The raven flew back and forth feeding on flesh, the dead things of this world. Moreover, there would have been a lot of “flesh” floating on the water and the raven had a field day. But the dove can’t hang out with the dead, she/he needed the “Annointed One,” the Olive Branch, in order to live upon the earth, so too those called by His Name.

Please note the above may just be the product of a very fertile imagination.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
(2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I cannot remember being called by Jesus but I served Jesus as a musician in the church even as a child. It was fun and it made me feel important and it still does. I believe most people serve Jesus for the social benefits as well as it being fun and making them feel important. When I was much older and married and I felt really burdened by the guilt of sin and no one would forgive me, I received forgiveness from Jesus and this changed my life. A true connection with Jesus can lift you out of depression and a state of being unforgiven. I cried and felt the burden of sin being lifted. I am still learning to be a better person but now I serve Jesus because he is real.

HI, Mike,It took me 25 years and almost 15 years of school back and forth for me to see what God has called me to do and that is to teach and be a Kindergarten teacher in a Christian atmosphere. I truly love it and know that this is my calling because I wouldn't trade it for all the silver or gold in the world and would even do it for Free* I just know that this year, God has pressed on my heart to just serve! Serve Him to the best of my ability and walk in Love, the Love that He has shown me to show to others. Once I do that, I know that I will be alright. I am blessed with a wonderful husband of 13 years marriage, an 11 yr old son and a 9 yr old daughter who are so fruitful and have such a purpose and plan for their life and I was discussing with my husband the fact that I was reading the Bible and studying with my kids and going over this blog read last few days and my son and I were talking about Noahs Ark and how it rested on the Mount of Ararat. I spoke miscorrectly that it was in Greece(we were in the car-rehearsing from what memory I could contain!!lol..), and my son immediately said, No mom, it is in Turkey, and he went on to talk about how the people of Turkey don't like lot of travelers because they want to travel where the ark landed..and he just went on and on..I was like Wow! God has given him a gift and when you can see it in your child..it was like nothing else!! Well, I pray and hope that all who read your blog will allow the Spirit of God to manifest their hearts and lives and they too will see their purpose and plan that God has called for their life: Jer 29:11.

Be Blessed!
DeeDee

This is really the great way you discuss this kind of topic. Good job.

Mike,
As I was reading about Ham seeing Noah naked and went and told his two brothers who covered Noah, I don't understand - why did Noah curse Ham's son, Canaan? According to the story, Canaan had no part in embarassing Noah, so why would Noah curse him?

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