ARTB Bible Blog 1.20.11, THE SERPENT WASN'T HAPPY
The holy Spirit-wind descended over him in the likeness HEAD-TO-TOE of a dove. (Luke 3:23, ARTB Draft)
A note from A. Frances Werner:
My last posting discussed the Father's DELIGHT with his beloved Son. Today's verse in Luke immediately precedes the voice from heaven. Luke, the physician, the scientist of the bunch, adds a note of detail that is not in any other gospel--that the dove really was a dove, from HEAD-TO-TOE (Strong's 1655).
Most translations use the word BODILY, or BODILY FORM. In fact, I first utilized the word BODY here, because that is what was utilized in the ARTB OT where the Aramaic word appears 5 times. However, the same word appears in the New Testament 8 times, and places like this verse clarified that the concept of the whole-body, entire-body, HEAD-TO-TOE was more correct.
The baptism of Yeshua (Jesus) fully captures something that hadn't been recorded in bible history since Genesis--the Spirit-wind of God (in the fullness of Elohim) fluttering over the water. ELOHIM is the plural form of God, which occurs in Genesis 1:2. Christians consider it the Trinity. This is a HUGE signal to the universe that a new creation is afoot.
How do we know this is so significant? The Father was DELIGHTED. But there was an entire other world that was completely UNHAPPY, enough to immediately come out of hiding to tempt Yeshua. The serpent once again, just like in Eden, wanted to claim this new creation as his territory.