I love when I read things and see symbolism and comparisons in text that I am reading. For example, I read that when Noah was on the ark he “sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth.”
I bet you are thinking, ‘big deal’? Well, it is a big deal. Don’t you see it? Take a peek back at the beginning of the book of Genesis Chapter 1 and the second half of verse number 2. It states, “…and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Now, look at the book of Matthew chapter 3 and the second half of verse 16, “..and he saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and landing on him (Jesus).”
So back to Noah, you see the dove hovering over the water looking for a place to land and you see at creation the spirit of God hovering over the waters. Then you see in Matthew the spirit of God being described as a dove. I mean, Noah could have sent out a pigeon. Why the dove? And when the dove finally did find something, what did it find? It found an olive leaf. Again, big deal, right? Yes, it is ! Think about what an olive leaf or an olive branch represents – peace. Ever hear of the saying, “extend the olive branch to your enemy?” Well, it is a symbol here in the Bible as if the time of punishment or war with mankind is over and now God’s anger has been appeased and He is extending the olive branch for the future of mankind. He seals this with the institution of the rainbow stating He will never again flood the earth.
I think that over and over and over in the Bible God is continually pointing us to Himself. These are not just stories for history that are recorded. I think that God inspired the writing of the Bible, and within the writing He is continually reminding us of His sovereignty. We just need to open our eyes and our minds to see what is right in front of our face.