Dove and raven

I thought I must record this insight from Thomas Goodwin’s Christ Set Forth, concerning the dove and raven Noah sent from the ark. The raven goes forth first, and never returns. He chooses to weather the storm himself, and ultimately perishes. But the dove, finding no safe place to weather the storm, returns to Noah, enters into the ark with him, and is preserved. Goodwin likens this to those people who would seize upon the promises of freedom Christ offers, and then rest upon the promises alone, never actually coming to the person of Christ in whom the promises must be secured.


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