Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Resting, Part 2 Mark 6:31 "And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat." Even yesterday, I had at least one person tell me how tired they were. Perhaps you could "amen" that. Would that be a too tired to shout 'AMEN!" or maybe a very weak, faint, "amen"? Let's see what happened when a bird found no rest for the sole of her foot. (Just as a side note, this bird is mentioned in the Bible as a "she" - not a "he". Sometimes women carry the load of so many missions: the load of work and the load of running the household and the load at church and maybe a load at school or activities and truly are tired, physically, mentally, and emotionally.) Genesis 8:9 "But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark." Noah sent this dove on a mission - to see if there was dry land anywhere. The dove had enough sense to know she couldn't fly around forever without resting. Since she found no other place of rest, she flew back to the ark and Noah gave his arm as a place to land and brought her back into the ark to rest. I have always been taught that the ark was a type or symbol for Jesus Christ and the salvation He provided. You may believe something different. Can you allow me the leadway to say that the ark was symbolic of not only Jesus Christ but also The Word? John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth"? The dove knew she had to rest and she returned to the only place she could find rest. Did this dove have knowledge we don't have? Or did our Creator create in us the need to rest in Him and His Word, as well?
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am! Linda L Culbreth (P.S. - I know this picture is not a dove, but it is a beautiful bird, resting.)
Precious Readers, If you have been to the home page on this site, you know I perform the book of Esther and the book of Ruth in period costume. As you are planning your church calendar for this coming year, please keep these programs in mind. I would love to bless your church, your group, your camp, you retreat. Contact me (on home page) and let's see if our calendars can work together.
Linda L Culbreth was a pastor's wife and is a Bible teacher and writer. She and her husband were attacked by the imps of hell and nearly lost their marriage - several times. This is not the story of the journey back -but rather the new assignment God has given regarding Marriage Recall: Teamwork, the assignment God has given.