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Breath Life

Breath Of LifeThe word for "Spirit" in the Hebrew "ruach" of the Old Testament may be translated in English as "breath." The breath of God was the divine way of imparting human beings with something of himself at the Creation. Genesis 2.7 explained, "Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Note here that the Hebrew for "man" (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam. Genesis 2.20 reads, "So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. "Adam" may be translated as "the man." Adam was derived from "mann" in Old English. The Old English form could also signify "a person of unspecified gender." Man was until recent times a word describing "a person of either sex both men and women", hence its strange sounding use to us today in the King James Version and the English Prayer Books. At the time of the Elizabethan period, "man" was used to designate "one" and was entirely proper in its usage.

Warmly Personal

Earth In HandsIn John 20.22, Jesus bestowed the Holy Spirit by breathing on his disciples. We are told, "and with that he breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" Derek Kidner (1913-2008) an eminent Old Testament scholar added a comment, "Breathed is warmly personal, with the face to face intimacy of a kiss and the significance that this was an act of giving as well as making, and self giving at that." The Holy Spirit's creation gave life to those who inhabit the earth, the realm of God's creation by breathing life into them. The prophet Isaiah explained in Isaiah 42.5, "This is what God the Lord says - the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it." The Holy Spirit still "gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it!"

Live By God's Spirit

Martin LutherMartin Luther (1483-1546) the great Reformation leader wrote in "Creation and Fall," "God breathes his Spirit into the body of a human. And this Spirit is life and makes humans alive. God creates other life through his Word, where humans are concerned he gives of his life and of his Spirit. A human being does not live without God's Spirit. To live as a human means to live as body in Spirit. Escape from the body is escape from being human and escape from the spirit as well. Body is the existence form of spirit, as spirit is the existence form of body." To be really alive as a human means to live in the Spirit of God.

"Holy Spirit's Creation"
by Ron Meacock

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