"On the 2nd Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree." Wednesday the 26th is that 2nd Day of Christmas. Those two turtle doves seem inauspicious enough. They are of no large monetary value. I understand they are rather easily captured. Children can trap them with a piece of cloth or even a butterfly net. Turtle doves are not aggressive and seem to be rather unencumbered by fear. When a male child was brought to the Temple for circumcision and naming in Jesus' day, the least costly and appropriate offering for sacrifice was two doves. They were cheap; almost of no value at all. Yet, they were offered to YHWH on the eighth day when an infant son was brought for naming and circumcision. I would guess the reason for two doves being acceptable was precisely because they were easy to catch and so inexpensive. Everyone could afford such a sacrifice. No one would be turned away from being admitted to the Covenant. No child would be forbidden a place in the Family of Abraham for lack of a sacrificial offering. How like YHWH to set so very low a bar for so very high an honor.
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