Nov 23 2012

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Turtledove and pigeon

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Animal Stories


We are cousins, so we are family, but, but butbutbut…our habits differ.  Oh yes!

Turtle-dove: I am the wild one; you will not domesticate me like the pigeon. I love to travel; I spend the summer from April to October in Israel and then I am off to Africa.

Pigeon: Then we are used for sacrifice, well in the Old Testament times. People, who could not afford a lamb, were allowed to sacrifice pigeons or turtle-dove.

Raven and Dove

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. (Genesis 8:6–13 NKJV)

Noah sent out first the raven and then the dove to determine whether the water had subsided.

Monkey: So Dove, why did Noah send out Raven first and not you?

Dove: Raven is powerful, with great strength and endurance; he can survive where smaller birds cannot. Raven can cover a large distance because he can fly for a long period of time without resting. He eats anything, I mean anything, and he is not fussy when it comes to food. So, when Noah sent out Raven, there must have been enough food for him amongst the wreckage that was floating around.

Monkey: Then why were you sent out next by Noah?

Dove: I am the ancestor of the message-carrying homer pigeon and I was the perfect choice after the raven. I can also cover long distances and with my great speed I cover distance very quickly. My nesting places are cliffs and ledges and I prefer pleasant surroundings to barren wastelands. Therefore I was the ideal one to find any greenery, which I did; I found the olive leaf which I brought to Noah and that was the confirmation Noah needed.

Raven: Did you know that we store surplus food in rocky crevices or beneath leaves? Noah was not the only human we helped, we helped Elijah as well. Elijah had proclaimed a drought and the Lord sent him away to a safe place.

 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:3–6 NKJV)

Dove: I began the conversation, so I shall end it. When the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus after His baptism, it was in a bodily form, like a dove. (Luke 3:22). When Jesus sent out his disciples two-by-two he told them in Matthew 10:16 (NKJV)

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.



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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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