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(Weekly Reading>>Genesis 6:9-11:32, Isaiah 54:1-10, Numbers 28:1-15, Matthew 24:36-44, 1 Peter 3:18-22)

Found No Rest

Genesis 8:9 “But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned to him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the earth. And he put out his hand and took her, and pulled her in to him into the ark.”

The clean dove did not find a place to rest (in the world/worldly affairs – Olam Hazeh) and returned to the sanctity of the ark (representing Torah – Olam Haba), contrary to the foraging raven that choose to stay in the world outside the Ark doing its own thing. The dove (Bride of Yeshua) returned, as she knows her redemption is through sanctification only found in the protection of Yahweh; that which brings her life, comfort and peace.

The scripture in Genesis 8:9, “found no rest for the sole of her foot,” is fulfilled in John 1:32, when John “saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on [Yeshua].” The dove found rest in her Redeemer.

In Hebrew, Noah’s name relates to comforter, bringing relief, rest and salvation. Before Yeshua left to prepare a place for His Bride in Acts 1, He told His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Spirit called the Comforter. This was realized in Acts 2. When we return through repentance and sanctification to the Tree of Life, (the Living Torah – Yeshua), we too will find comfort and rest (John 14:26; 16:7-8).

Genesis 8:10 “He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.”

Seven is the number of days for consecration, from the unclean realm to the clean realm. Doves were used in sacrifices, offerings and for purification.

The Olive Leaf

Genesis 8:11 “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf!”

This leaf was not picked up from floating debris, but was a freshly plucked olive leaf. It is said that the olive leaf is not affected by a few months of being submerged under water. It may be quite likely that the olive tree the dove found had leaves that had remained on it even until the floodwaters subsided, enabling the tree to flourish and reestablish itself to provide fresh leaves for Noah. Could the dove have selected a fresh olive leaf because it represented oil/light the symbol of the Tree of Life; that which was with her all those months while at sea in the ark?

The Hebrew word that is equivalent to the phrase freshly plucked is tarap (Strong’s #H2965/TWOT #827a), only found in Genesis 8:11. Its root word (TWOT #827 tarap) means rent or tear. The symbolism of the olive leaf is in its allusion to oil, light, Jesus.

Jesus, the Light of the world, is Yahweh’s personal sacrifice. The shedding of His blood rent the Temple veil from top to bottom, revealing the depth of Yahweh’s forgiveness and the redemption available to man. Yahweh promised to guard the way back to the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:24) meaning man was able to approach God just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden.

When looking at the term olive leaf more closely we discover that aleh (TWOT #1624a) corresponds to leaf and comes from the root word ala meaning to go up, as in the olah or elevation offering. Other words associated with this root word are ascent, stairway, upper, roof chamber, high, most high, lifting, above, upward, conduit, watercourse, and healing.

Revelation 22:2 “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law [Torah] he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

When a Torah scroll is made, the scribes use skins called klaf or vellum (parchment) from sheep. They stretch and dry the skins, then hand stitch them together to create a scroll on which to write the Hebrew letters that form the Words of scripture. Yahweh’s people are called sheep. Many times we feel stretched. When Yeshua died (stretched) for us, the veil over our heart was rent, allowing the Spirit to write Torah on our hearts. Another word for blood is skin in the Bible. We literally have Torah written on our skin.

Skins of the Torah scrolls were also called leaves; those leaves were sown together then wrapped around two olive sticks. The Torah scroll is called the Tree of Life – the Lamb’s book of Life. These two sticks represent two olive trees. In Zechariah chapter 4 the two olive trees represent two people groups who are anointed to serve Yahweh of all the earth. It is these two olive trees that represent the two houses of Israel: House of Israel and House of Judah. These two houses are the representatives and witnesses of Yahweh’s Word (Revelation 11:3-4).

The dove returning back with an olive leaf in her beak is symbolic of the Bride of Yeshua being grafted back into the Torah through the Holy Spirit.

The olive branch is also representative of the Two Houses joining and become one in the Father’s hand (Ezekiel 37:15-17) and Truth will be found in their mouths, upholding Yahweh’s Word on earth among the Nations. The leaves, or Torah, will be for the healing of the Nations. When Yahweh’s people read the Words on these leaves and obey what is written on their hearts, they will know how to walk with a Holy God (Deuteronomy 28).

It is Torah that is represented by the olive leaf that was in the beak (mouth) of the dove (the Bride who mirrors her Bridegroom Yeshua) when it returned to Noah. When Yahweh’s people return to the lifestyle of Yahweh’s principles, we too will find comfort and dry ground.

This will be the same for us when we leave the common "wild" animalistic nature and enter His Kingdom pattern. We will safely land on dry ground and multiply His nature to all those who desire to enter into eternity – today.

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