Mystery of Holy Spirit

The other night I read a chapter in a book called Tozer: Mystery of the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer. This book is a collection of his sermons preached over 60 years ago. I think they are very relevant for today and particularly food for thought for this Easter season. The chapter I read and would like to share thoughts from is entitled, “The Dove of Noah’s Ark”. In it he contrast the hearts of the two different birds that Noah sent out of the ark at different times to illustrate to the church he was apparently preaching the sermon to why they were not filled with the Holy Spirit.🕊

Tozer writes that God in His kindness had to judge mankind because of their total depravity. So he sent a flood on the earth in Noah’s day to destroy, sparing only a few so that all the human race would not perish. In describing the scene of this judgement, Tozer paints a picture of the ‘devastation’ of this judgement that the raven that Noah sent out when the ark finally came to rest on Ararat, encountered. This desolation was not something I had really thought on before, a vast sea filled with floating, rotting corpses of all kinds of creatures. The raven, Tozer says, had a ‘dark heart’ and “felt at home there for he was a flesh eater”. What should or would have repulsed others did not have the same effect on the raven. The raven was very happy to go out into this sea of horror, loving it as he feasted on the dead flesh because that was who he was. Tozer writes, “Something in his dark heart loved it because he lived on it.” That raven never even wanted to come back to the ark. As I read on in the chapter, I saw that Tozer compared this illustration of the raven with man’s love of and comfortableness with sin. God has sent His judgement on humanity but man isn’t affected by it …man is right at home in this world just like the raven, loving it. He warns that “unless we repent, we shall all perish and all the nations of the world shall be turned into hell.”

Then Tozer contrasts the illustration of the raven with the dove that Noah sent out, a type of the Holy Spirit. This pure dove hated what she saw and did not even want to look at the filth, so she came back to Noah and the ark. She did not want to put her feet on anything dirty. What a vivid contrast of two types of birds, two types of loves and two types of hearts. Much to think on. 💜

As I understood it, Tozer sums it by referring to the Holy Spirit and indicating how He wants to come down into men’s hearts and lives but because of “plain sins which nobody can deny…” (and that God hates)…”the dove will not come down”.🕊

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I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon ( Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the

9 thoughts on “Mystery of Holy Spirit

    1. Hmmm, your statement seems pretty deep to me and a lot to think about.
      I read that ravens are some of the smartest birds there are; they have followed people and their sleds, wagons, hunting parties, etc around for years and years…looking for a meal. They even hide in trees waiting for lambs to be born so they can feed on them. Sounds to me that they are sly and deceptive and out for themselves and their appetites.
      But they are intriguing and graceful fliers who can even do acrobatics in the air and seem to like to be around people. Sounds like they could easily portray themselves as “a lovely bird”.

    2. I don’t think I had ever given it much thought, until recently. We have been covering the book of Genesis on Sunday nights at the Church I attend. In my notes from Sunday evening, March 6, 2016, I wrote: “Ravens will eat anything. ” God help us not to be “right at home in sin”.

      1. Tammy…..That is a most interesting note. I love your interpretation of it..”not right at home in sin’.”
        But after I had read Sara’s opening comments, I started thinking about ravens. And I wondered how what Tozer had written lined up with 1 Kings 17:6-7 concerning Elijah where it is written,
        “Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”
        …So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith.. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening…..”
        I suppose it is the sovereignty of God to do as HE sees fit. But I suppose that a deeper spiritual meaning concerning ravens in the Word of God escapes me. I just wondered what further spiritual message might be imparted with God’s use of ”RAVENS” [which are not exemplary birds] to feed the prophet Elijah!

    3. Many poets have written about the Raven. Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, Raven reveals much…a short quite…
      “But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
      That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
      Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
      Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
      On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
      Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

      1. I have been reading the Raven poem over and over and wondering if the Raven kept his word.

  1. Wow, seems Tozer hit it precisely. Holy Spirit Whom Jesus asked the Father to send seems to be constantly grieved by the people of God who keep going back into the love of the world. The Spirit of God sees what we look at. The Spirit within us hears what we hear. The Holy Spirit reads our thoughts and what we are constantly thinking about. We, the lovers of God, must be careful not to grieve Him God did not send the”raven” to dwell within us….but for those who are truly born again, that is living a surrendered life to the Savior , He sent His pure and Precious Spirit …like a dove….NOT a dove but like the dove… He is God dwelling within us When we ask the Father in Jesus Name for the Holy Spirit Baptism, He cannot and will not come into a defiled temple….as Tozer wrote. The Bible says, cleanse your hearts ye sinners. ..This is speaking to the church!
    Come Holy Spirit oh how we need YOU.

  2. Tozer sure believes that the those at home in this world don’t like ‘good men’. He points to the example of Jesus, and says He was only able to stay alive 33 years…then those at home in this world nailed Him to a cross. He states, “The better men are, the worse they are despised by those who love the desolation and the darkness that is the sin of the world.”

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