I've heard many people for many years talk about the Holy Spirit as a dove. We can see the symbol of the dove everywhere to signify peace and love. Peace and love are fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The dove is a lovely symbol, but that is all it is: a symbol of the Holy Spirit, not the Spirit.
During the baptism of Jesus, Luke recorded in his book, chapter 3 verse 22, ...and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." So, what I see is that the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form... as a dove might float down and settle on a branch. I can't see a God sending down a bird when He was so adamant about us not worshiping idols or graven images.
In Matthew's account he writes in chapter 3, verse 16 - And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: "and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him." Again, we see that the Spirit descended like a dove.
Now Look at Isaiah 42:8 - "I am the LORD: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." And in Leviticus, chapter 26, verse1 - "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God." In other words, don't build idols to worship.
Now let's reason, if God commanded that man not create images to worship, would He actually have sent down a dove out of Heaven to light upon Jesus at His baptism? Wouldn't it make more sense that the Holy Spirit in Heavenly Bodily Form floated down upon Jesus.... as a dove might float down and settle on a branch? Maybe there should have been a comma in Luke 3:22 after the words, "in bodily form".
God commanded that we Not worship anything or anyone, but Him. Doesn't it also make sense that we not pray to anyone but Him through Jesus? God is the only One Who is omnipresent, omniscient, and all powerful. Wouldn't He be the only One to answer our prayers?
And Jesus said, "Pray this way..."
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