I admit this bible verse sounds easy to understand, but you actually have to go and learn about doves, wolves, serpents and sheep to really understand what Jesus was saying to us.
" The opposition of the Pharisees would be like ravaging wolves. The disciples' only hope would be to look to their Shepherd for protection. We may face similar hostility. Like the disciples, we are not to be sheeplike in our attitude but sensible and prudent. We are not to be gullible pawns but neither are we to be deceitful connivers. We must find a balance between wisdom and vulnerability to accomplish God's work." from NIV Life application bible
I did a lot of research about doves and learned so much about their life, characteristics and symbolism. This passage in Matthew refers to doves as beautiful simple creatures,with soft eyes and a sweetness of their voice. The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and of peace.
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