Prior to his death and resurrection, Jesus was primarily restricted to moving through space just as you and I do. He walked up mountains and through vineyards. He entered houses and sat at tables. He slept in boats as they sailed across the lake. Of course, there were the notable miracles of transit like walking on the water or through the angry mob. He even cloaked himself upon occasion. But it was after the resurrection that he entered locked rooms, became invisible, and superseded the law of gravity on an astronomical scale.
A thirty second interaction led to ten months of intensive study, twenty-six hours of live teaching, seventeen years of walking it out, two of which were spent writing it down. 57,133 words later, Wind, Water, and Fire: Understanding the Holy Spirit through Biblical Symbolism is now a published work.
The wedding feast, of course, was a joyous occasion. Unless the couple was direly poor, both dressed as royalty. They wore resplendent robes, sparkling jewels, and polished crowns. If the father of the bridegroom was exceptionally prosperous, he would even furnish festive robes to the guests. Imagine the consternation of a king who had graciously supplied something that his guest refused to wear! As our parents were robed of God in animal skins, so we have need to be clothed with Christ. His garments have been given to us, but we have to put them on.
The leper that was to be cleansed had to bring a log of oil as one of his offerings. It was from this oil that the altar was sprinkled and the leper anointed. The offering became the anointing. Now, if we see in this oil the Holy Spirit, this may seem confusing. How could one “offer up” the Holy Spirit? And having offered it up, how could one then anoint with it? Strange as this might seem, it is exactly what the Lord Jesus did.
Like the scapegoat on the Day of Atonement, these two birds represent one sacrifice, but since they couldn’t kill a bird and bring it back to life again, two birds had to be used. One died as a result of sin; the other was set free, representing the liberty we have when our sins have been washed away.