And if the burnt sacrifice of his offering to the Lord is of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or young pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar. (Leviticus 1:14-15)
As I have already mentioned, God ensured that anyone, regardless of their station in life, could bring an offering if they wished to draw near unto Him. Turtle doves and young pigeons were considered as the poor man’s offering. Many who were less fortunate than others in material means most likely found this to be a great relief. God didn’t require their sacrifice to Him to result in further deprivation. If this was all we had to learn from this particular sacrifice that would be, in my mind, sufficient. However, as is most often the case when it comes to the Word of God, there is more to learn.
These birds, and especially the dove, are considered the most inoffensive of birds. If they are attacked they rarely, if ever, retaliate. In fact, as we all know, the dove has come to symbolize peace and, even more importantly, the Spirt of God. In Judaism, the dove is viewed in the same manner as we see it, however, our Jewish friends also regard the dove as a symbol of Israel — not the nation, necessarily, but the people. Making this connection, it is inferred that God’s people are to be very hesitant to strike back at our enemies and why? God is our defender.
I’ll be the first to admit that this is a tough one. Defending ourself is one of the most natural things to do, nevertheless, there are those occasions when we serve His purposes in a far better way when we don’t do that for ourselves. He is glorified far more when we allow Him to work in and through our self control. So as you go through your day, meditate on this notion and remember the words of the Messiah, who said:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:10-12)
Blessings and Shalom,