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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" sounds like "adam" 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 a "body in Spirit." Escape from the body is an 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 alive as a human means to live in the Spirit of God.

Holy Spirit's Breath

God ImageThe Holy Spirit's breath brings new life to the Creation and sets humans apart from other animals. Understanding and wisdom came from the "Holy Spirit's breath" in a person, rather than any effort of his or her own. In Job 32.8 we read, "But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding." Note that "the spirit" may be simply translated as "Spirit" with a capital "S" in this passage. God wanted humans to be like himself and to understand and to have knowledge. In the Genesis 1.26 we read why we were given understanding, "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." The phrase "wild animals" may be translated as "the earth" in this verse. Humans were intended to rule over all creation. Understanding and wisdom set humans apart from other animals and were qualities needed for survival, control, and development.

God Breathed

SunWe were created by the Holy Spirit's breath. In Genesis 2.7 we read, "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." Once the Spirit's breath was given to human beings, they acquired authority over the creation on earth. Genesis 1.28 said "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" This was the divine seal of approval on humanity. One of the other particular functions of the Holy Spirit was to sustain life. He was responsible for "finishing off" what the Creator had set in place. The Holy Spirit's breath was also responsible for the continuance of the cycle of nature and the seasons of the year as they came and went. The Holy Spirit brought understanding to humans and therefore gave them authority.

Holy Spirit Lord

Joshua And FriendsThe Holy Spirit Lord is a brother to Jesus in the Trinity. He leads and guides all Christians, indwells all individuals with life and stirs their consciences within. The Holy Spirit Lord indwells individuals whom God uses for his service. Joshua, (1355-1245 BC) or "Jehoshua" for example, experienced the Holy Spirit Lord indwelling him before he was commissioned for the Lord's service. His name was "Hoshea," the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, but Moses called him "Joshua" in Numbers 13.16, the name by which he is commonly known.✞

Joshua and Jesus

Joshua was born in Egypt before the Exodus. In Numbers 27.18 we read, "So the Lord said to Moses, 'Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.'" In this verse, "the spirit of leadership" may be translated as simply "the Spirit." Othniel the first of the Judges in Israel and Caleb's younger brother, is given the Holy Spirit gift of leadership to judge Israel. In Judges 3.10a we read, "The Spirit of the Lord came on him so that he became Israel's judge and went to war." The phrase "Israel's judge" may be translated as "Israel's leader. "Jesus" is the English derivative of the Greek "Yehoshua." In the Septuagint, all instances of the word "Yehoshua" are rendered as "Iesous", the closest Greek pronunciation of the Aramaic: "Yeshua." Thus, in modern Greek, Joshua is called "Jesus son of Naue" to differentiate him from "Jesus of Nazareth."✞

Saul Prophecies

Anointing Of DavidAs Sampson, grew so the Holy Spirit indwelt and stirred within him. He was a man of extraordinary strength, who later became a prophet, In Judges 13.25 we read, "The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol."

Evil Spirit

It is worth pointing out that in Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit was only given for a certain task and removed from those who were disobedient to God and replaced with an evil spirit as happened with Saul. 1 Samuel 16.14 narrates the story, "Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him." The phrase "an evil spirit" may be translated as "a harmful spirit." Once the Holy One left King Saul, the Lord allowed an evil spirit to enter him. A prophecy was a phenomenon from very early times and Moses was described as the great prophet indwelt by the Holy Spirit.✞

"Holy Spirit's Creation"
by Ron Meacock

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