Egyptians believed that when a child was born, that a creator God formed their bodies out of clay in the mother's womb and then upon birth a bird would bring the soul to the infant at its first breath. And when the person died they also believed that the bird would take the soul into the afterlife. This is why you see pictures of Wings throughout Egyptian drawings and on the mummies just below the face or in their burial box. Makes you wonder why people would tell stories about the STORK bringing their baby LOL….. What is similar about this story in the bible?
CHRISTIANS USING THIS ANALOGY TO EXPLAIN CHRISTS BIRTH FROM HEAVEN:
He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."
John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
It's very clear that the "like a dove" is an analogy for pagans to make the connection of this point in history for Jesus, as being a time of New birth or Rebirth. It's interesting that it does not say that it was a dove, but like a dove so you can see the connection to Egyptian mythology regarding the bird bringing the spirit.
Many Christians do not put much emphasis on Christ's baptism of the Holy Spirit as a real rebirth, but the Gospel writers used this bird imagery taken from ancient times to help the pagans understand the concept of being born again. The bible states that when Jesus is baptized by the Holy Spirit….it mentions that the Holy Spirit descended upon him LIKE a dove. NOT that it WAS a Dove…. but LIKE a dove. The writers of the gospels clearly understood pagan beliefs and were teaching Non Jews about being BORN again….. as we all must be….. in order to SEE the Kingdom of God. The pagans believed that the bird brought the soul or the breath of life at birth. Here we see them use the bird symbolism descending like a Dove on Jesus in the bible to teach the concept of Jesus as an adult, being born again during baptism of the Holy Spirit to be Gods Son.
They used the pagan symbolism of the bird bringing life to the infant to help the pagans with their understanding of this concept of being born again by God as an adult. The following scriptures show Not only that this event was prophesied, but what the Father would announce from Heaven to Identify HIS Son AND WHEN JESUS WOULD BECOME HIS SON. We also see from Scripture CONFIRMATION THAT THIS DID HAPPEN.
17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Psalms 2: 7 7 "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2 Foot notes in illustrated bibles for Baptism of Christ,
Luke 3:22 NLT
Some manuscripts beloved Son; today I have begotten you
Luke 3:22 ESV
Some manuscripts read my Son, and today I have become your Father.
2 Peter 1:17
For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
WHAT DAY WAS THIS? HIS BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT….HE WAS BORN TO BE THE FATHERS SON.
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Edited by todd_vetter33, 24 November 2009 - 07:08 PM.