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Nests

I mentioned in a study that I wrote earlier this year that I had three Ringneck doves as pets (see the Fact Finder question below; the study "Christian Doves" has a picture of them). I say "had" three Ringneck doves because I now have four of them - two of them have produced another. Although fast growing (the new addition went from about 1/2 the size of my thumb at hatching to the "handful" shown in the picture in less than 2 weeks), doves, whether infants or adults, are very innocent when it comes to danger. They would seemingly not survive very long in an area where there are many predators - or, they would not survive very long, without a defender, in an area where there are many predators. That is perhaps the primary lesson in Christ's reference to them:

"10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves ... 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matthew 10:16,19-20 KJV)

"As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place"

The Holy Bible has numerous references to nests, some literal, some figurative. Examples of actual bird nests:

2 week old Ringneck Dove

"22:6 If a bird's nest [see also Birds Of The Bible] chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: 22:7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days." (Deuteronomy 22:6-7 KJV)

"39:27 Doth the eagle [see also Eagles] mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she." (Job 39:27-30 KJV)

"84:3 Yea, the sparrow [see Sparrows] hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. " (Psalm 84:3-4 KJV)

"34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of Dragons, and a court for Owls. 34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. 34:15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate." (Isaiah 34:13-15 KJV)

"48:28 O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole's mouth." (Jeremiah 48:28 KJV)

Nests were also used as analogies for true safety (if based upon the LORD) - or perceived safety (if based upon man's ideas of "safety" - see also Where Is Your Place Of Safety?).

"32:9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye [see Apple Of The Eye]. 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 32:12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." (Deuteronomy 32:9-12 KJV)

"27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place." (Proverbs 27:8 KJV)

"1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee [see The Two Kinds Of Pride], thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD." (Obadiah 1:3-4 KJV)

"2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!" (Habakkuk 2:9 KJV)

"10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: 10:14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped." (Isaiah 10:13-14 KJV)

"16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the Daughter of Zion. 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon." (Isaiah 16:1-2 KJV)

"24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive." (Numbers 24:21-22 KJV)

"29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand." (Job 29:18 KJV)

Matthew 8:20 is often misunderstood to mean that Jesus was some sort of a homeless wanderer, but it should be kept in mind that He was on a journey, far from the home that the Bible says that He had, when He said it i.e. "2:1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2:2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them" (Mark 2:1-2 RSV)

"8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20 KJV)

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