Redeeming The Raven part 2
Part 2 of 6
“The Whisper of Man VS. The Whisper of God”
Noah sent the raven out of the window of the ark with the anticipation of a successful result. I believe Noah whispered a prayer to God in heaven and then whispered some instructions to the raven even though it was a futile communication line between man and fowl of the air. I am not under the impression that Noah had a “Lassie” moment, where within a few barks we deduct that little “Timmy” has fallen down the well again. However I do believe that the birds sent from the ark symbolize hope. When you put hope to flight you are going to speak to it. Whether there is a response or not is completely irrelevant to the process. Noah was speaking over his dream and he was speaking to his dream. The scripture reveals and commands us to speak over things in our lives. It is necessary to speak to our dreams as we put them to flight. We also need to continue speaking to them as they are in flight but beyond the horizon of our line of sight.
The tongue has the power of life and death…….
We can only glean so much from the voice and influence of man. Submission is a very powerful biblical principal. There is a constant need for spiritual confidants and advisors in our lives and the need for a pastor never subsides. That being said, in our spiritual progression we must arrive at a place where we are able to hear and discern the voice of The Lord for ourselves.
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
There was a defining difference between the raven of Genesis and the ravens of 1st Kings. Noah spoke over the raven and hoped it would produce something contrary to its own selfish nature. In the story of Elijah’s sustenance God overshadowed the ravens and changed their flight pattern and selfish nature. God is the only one who can change the embedded destructive patterns of our sinful nature. We have confidants and leaders of the five fold ministry that can help us go to the source and transform into overcoming Christians. Jesus said “I am the vine and ye are the branches….”, don’t ever underestimate your connection to the main vine. We who operate in the five fold ministry are just branches connected to the same vine. We can encourage and minister as we have been called. However at the end of the day Jesus is the only one who can change the flight pattern of your life.