by Mark Tross
We start off the second day of Christmas on the right foot or I should say, with both feet on the ground, the solid rock, with two turtledoves, which yes, are at least biblical, found in Leviticus and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2, when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to be circumcised on the eighth day after His birth, within The Temple, in Jerusalem, along with Simeon and the prophetess, Anna. Turtledoves or pigeons where used as a sin offering, according to The Law of God, which was given to Moses on Mount Sinai, for Israel and all nations, peoples, tribes and tongues (The Law is there to lead us to Christ)!
I once had the privilege of hearing Author R. T. Kendall in Albuquerque, New Mexico and he writes, in one of his over forty books, about the difference between, what he calls, ‘pigeon religion’ or true and biblical Christianity, where The Holy Spirit Of God is seen descending upon Jesus (and resting on Him), as a dove. This is The Same Spirit we read about, hovering or brooding over the waters at creation, according to Genesis, which is The Same Spirit that is in every born-again believer on the planet today! The Holy Spirit is The Spirit Of God, Who is Spirit, The Spirit Of Grace. Jesus told His followers, “I will send My Spirit” and the book of Hebrews tells us that He is The Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever. He is The Same Spirit in the book of Revelation, along with The Bride Of Christ, Who says, “Come!”
To follow up on yesterdays ramblings (which you can read anytime on our websites/blogs), partridges are mentioned in 1 Samuel 26 and Jeremiah 17, but neither pears nor pear trees are, although that does not discount them or anything else seen, unseen, known or unknown, as part of God’s creation, which the book of Galatians tells us is being all held together today by Him, Jesus, not by might or by power, but by His Spirit, says The Lord. Fig, figs, fig-leaves and the fig tree are mentioned throughout the bible from Genesis to Revelation. The first and possibly most famous mention is when Eve and Adam sinned against (disobeyed) God in the garden of Eden, perceived they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. The second I would say is when Jesus cursed the fig tree, for having leaves, but no fruit and the disciples noticed it withered and dried up, according to the Matthew 21:19-21; 24:32 and Mark 11:13-21; 13:28. In both Gospels we are admonished to learn the parable of the fig tree, because there is no parable of the pear or pear tree, as mentioned in the twelve days of Christmas song.
Our sin does not only need to be covered, but taken away, because it separates us from a right relationship with God, Our Heavenly Father. Jesus says, “I did not come to condemn you, but you are condemned already.” He became a curse for us, in our stead, so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. If you believe in, cling to, trust in and rely on Him, as your sin offering to God and accept Him (The Lamb Of God, Who takes away the sins of the world), as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven, they are cast into the sea of forgetfulness, dispersed as far as the east is from the west, never to be brought up again and The Spirit Of God will lead and guide you into all Truth and understanding. Now That Is Good News!
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