Noah – The Raven and The Dove

For some reason, I’ve overlooked the raven mentioned in the story of Noah until last night when I heard a preacher speak about it.  In Genesis 8:7.    It states that, “he sent forth a raven which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.”

Verse 8-9 says, “Also he sent forth a dove from him…But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark…”

The preacher compared the two in relation to our own sinful nature.  The raven is dark (sin), the dove is white (pure).

Two main points that I took away from this sermon were:

  1. Noah had the key to both cages and we, too, have the key…we can decide which we let out in our lives.
  2. Noah had to feed the birds, but they both wouldn’t eat the same thing.  He could set out nuts and berries but the raven wouldn’t eat that…he could set out a dead carcass, but the dove wouldn’t eat that.  We, too, can only feed one or the other.  Feeding the dove means reading our Bibles and praying.

I will be using this our homeschool Bible study one morning this week.  I attached a key to a shoe string and made a necklace for the kids to wear to remind them that we hold the key as to which behavior we let out….the dove behavior or the raven behavior.  It’s up to us!

key necklace

FYI…Home Depot will donate keys that were damaged when they were making keys.

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