I spent the fast few months researching all about doves in the Bible. This was in preparation for my faithart class over at His Kingdom Come . Launching 9/5/15, you can learn all about the imagery of birds in God's Aviary.
There are many verses about doves in the Bible,and I was intrigued by one verse
I say, “I wish I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
This Psalm is attributed to King David. He is expressing deep dismay over the treachery of a close friend. It was most likely written during the time of Absalom's rebellion and Ahithophel's betrayel ( 2 Samuel 15-17). You could say that verses 12-14 are Messianic because they also describe Judas's betrayal of Christ ( Matthew 16:14-16 , 20-25)
When friends hurt us the burden is too difficult to carry alone. So it is a great word picture when he says " I wish I had wings like a dove- I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
Of course when I feel betrayed I don't create a word picture of a dove, since I have only seen pigeons here in America. But in Israel, doves were very common and found everywhere. They were kept and monitored and offered as a "clean" sacrifice to God. David would have seen doves his entire life and as he was a shepherd I imagine it was a great way to pass his time in the fields by imagining flying away so free like a dove.
I hope you will join the take me deeper journey with us and learn new techniques while studying the bible!
If you are a new Faithartist, or are looking to improve your art techniques, this class is for you! Faithart102: God’s Aviary is designed for beginners to intermediate level skills. You don’t need to have done Faithart101 before taking this class – but do check it out here. Each class can standalone, or be purchased as a bundle - all 5 classes for only $35!
Each class within Faithart102: God’s Aviary is a combination of a bible study or research paper and a technique based project. The 5 classes each start from the theme of birds in the Bible and the symbolism and meaning we can discover.
Each standalone class is only $8 with unlimited access and is included in the Faithart102: God’s Aviary bundle for $35.
Each class is by a Foundation Team member.