Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest in Christ?
Then woe unto you. If you profess to be a Christian, yet find full satisfaction in worldly pleasures and pursuits, your profession is false. If your soul can stretch herself at rest, and find the bed long enough, and the coverlet broad enough to cover her in the chambers of sin, then you are a hypocrite, and far enough from any right thoughts of Christ or perception of his preciousness.
But if, on the other hand, you feel that if you could indulge in sin without punishment, yet it would be a punishment of itself; and that if you could have the whole world, and abide in it for ever, it would be quite enough misery not to be parted from it; for your God-your God-is what your soul craves after; then be of good courage, thou art a child of God.
With all thy sins and imperfections, take this to thy comfort: if thy soul has no rest in sin, thou are not as the sinner is! Scientist Bernd Heinrich has done some outstanding work with ravens over the past fifteen years and contributed enormously to our understanding of these fascinating birds.
In his book Mind of the Raven, Heinrich cites reliable sources for such things as a raven imitating radio static, a motorcycle revved up, the sound of flushing urinals, and -- most astonishing, an imitation of a demolition expert saying "three, two, one," followed by a reasonable facsimile of a dynamite explosion. The raven was sent out from the ark by Noah, when the waters of the flood were retreating from the earth, and it "went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Genesis Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. The above verse mentions "rest," and other scriptures associate doves with "rest.
Genesis And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. The third time Noah sent out the dove, it did not return to him.
In later scriptures ravens brought food for Elijah, to sustain him during the three and a half years of famine in Israel. Job asked, who provides food for ravens? Psalm And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!
Because of the sound of their call, doves are connected with mourning. Species of the dove or pigeon family Columbidae are widely distributed in the earth, including oceanic islands.
Isaiah pictured the saints as doves. Referring to the scripture below, Gene Stratton-Porter suggested that Isaiah referred to semi-domesticated pigeons, which were housed in cotes of clay with openings that appeared like small windows, to which the birds flocked like clouds, as they brought food for their young. Isaiah Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Hosea referred to doves as "silly," and "without heart. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, he saw the holy Spirit descending on him "like a dove.
Perhaps the Spirit descending on Jesus like a dove is connected with the third release of the dove by Noah in the flood story. Jesus told his disciples to be "harmless as doves. Doves and pigeons produce "crop milk," which is a highly nutritious substance that they feed to their young.
Since the Holy Spirit is pictured by a dove, which contrasts with the raven in the flood story, perhaps the ravens represent other spirits. The three and a half years of famine in the days of Elijah, when he was fed by the ravens, is typical of the entire church age.
Elijah's ministry pictures God's Spirit in the church age, when there is no further revelation, or "rain. In the Bible, the ravens may represent spirits other than the Holy Spirit, or in other words, delusions. One very common delusion says unbelievers suffer unending infernal torment, which is inconsistent with the harmless nature of a dove. Such delusions lead to spiritual blindness. There may be a spiritual application to the following proverb:. Proverbs The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Isaiah I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
In the days of Elijah, Jezebel hunted and killed the prophets of God. She supported false prophets. Elijah's prayer raised the son of the widow Sarepta back to life. Malachi's prophecy about Elijah is fulfilled by the Spirit of God that is given to the church.
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Both Jesus and James mentioned that the rain ceased during Elijah's ministry for three years and six months. In John's prophecy in Rev.
Rain is symbolic of the word of God. The 1, days and the time, times and a half in Rev.