Monday, April 4, 2016

The Character Of The Holy Spirit: A Look At Genesis 1:2

Preface
In January of 2014 I released my first Bible commentary "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23." I knew then that one of my greatest passions was to acquaint believers and even non-believers with a deeper understanding of the Bible, the living Word of God. Recently I began working on my next commentary - a look at Genesis 1 and the story of creation. What I discovered was fascinating and rather than delaying the sharing of this information until the manuscript is complete, I decided to share the chapters as I write.

Below is chapter 1, a look at the the 2nd half of verse 2 (Pt. 1). Read previous
Read about verse 1 HERE
Read about the first half of verse 2 (Pt. 1) HERE
Read about the first half of verse 2 (Pt. 2) HERE

May God bless you with understanding and revelation power through His Holy Spirit as you read. Amen.


Genesis 1, Verse 2
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Finally, let’s examine the final phrase of verse 2.

“Spirit” – ruwach (Hebrew transliteration) – n. feminine breath; wind; spirit of the living; spirit of God (Holy Spirit)

In the previous discussion of verse 2, we found that the earth was brought forth empty and in chaos as a prophetic decree of Elohim’s intent to rescue a chaotic world from sin through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Yeshua). Next we found that in the fullness and abundance of God’s creation would dwell the one who fell from heaven – Lucifer, the once beloved angel of light now cast into darkness because he sought to rule over his Creator. In these 2 phrases we now know the condition of the earth and the location of the enemy. The final phrase reveals where the Creator stands in all of this.

In this final phrase we step first into the Spirit, or ruwach, of God (Elohim). Again we find that Elohim has chosen to start with the feminine representation of Himself in characterizing the Spirit who hovered over the face of the waters. This should be no surprise as we discovered in verse 1 His divine blueprint for both supernatural and natural conception to begin with the feminine. The Spirit here follows that pattern. It is defined as the breath, wind, spirit of the living, and spirit of God (Holy Spirit). (Gesenius’s Lexicon)

BREATH; WIND
When thinking of breath, we are most likely to use our own breathing as a reference point. The air that we inhale and exhale would naturally be our mind’s aid in visualizing this concept. However, we must keep the breath here in verse 2 in the context of God – it is His breath that this verse refers to. With that in mind, the breath of God is more like a wind that ranges from a gentle breeze as seen in Genesis 3:8 as He walked through the Garden of Eden to the “blast of God” referred to by Elijah in 1 Kings 18:12. (Gesenius’s Lexicon) This breath is not to be confused with the breath breathed into Adam (which is neshamah not ruwach) nor is it to be thought of as something that originates outside of God as it does for man. (the breathing of air) It is indeed Elohim Himself in His Spirit. This will make more sense as we look at the next definitions.

SPIRIT OF THE LIVING
This definition is of particular significance because it speaks directly to arguments that try to discredit the existence of God or try to diminish His existence in both the natural and supernatural. Mankind often ignores God believing instead in the superiority of our own intellect. Personally, I am always amused when people believe that somehow the greatest minds in history (e.g. Einstein, Newton, etc.) somehow grabbed complex theory out of thin air and created explanations for earthly and atmospheric phenomena with no assistance from the One who actually engineered it all. I am reminded though that many in this same crowd do not actually believe in the existence of God or divine creation so contemplating the role of the Creator in the revelation of information is perhaps a stage they never reach.

However, when looking at this definition of ruwach, we find that the “spirit” of the living here means: the rational mind; the senses, affections, and emotions of various kinds; the mode of thinking and acting in one with a steadfast mind; the will and counsel; and the intellect. (Gesenius’s Lexicon) Yes, the level of intelligence that sets us apart from the other animals on the planet comes from the Spirit of God. This is confirmed in Genesis 1:26 when Elohim says, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness].” Every man, woman, and child is imprinted with the ruwach of Elohim. This revelation certainly sheds new light on the phrase, “I think therefore I AM.”

HOLY SPIRIT
Christians and those familiar with Theology will understand the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. An in depth look at the fullness of the Spirit would fill several volumes by itself so it is best if I quote the Lexicon verbatim. It says, “…the divine power which, like the wind and the breath, cannot be perceived; by which animated beings live; by which all the universe is animated, filled with life and governed; by which men are led to live both wisely and honestly.” This gives us a brief overview of the Holy Spirit’s character (wise and honest), His manifest presence (non-corporeal or “unperceived” by the senses), and His authority (He governs the universe).

Gesenius goes on to explain that the ruwach manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament actually includes more characteristics than we may know and understand. He says, “Especially the Old Testament refers to the divine Spirit, peculiar endowments of mind, as that of an artificer (i.e. a skilled craftsman or inventor); of a prophet; of an interpreter of dreams; also the courage of a military leader; kingly virtues.” (Gesenius’s Lexicon)

So, in this Old Testament manifestation of the Holy Spirit we find wisdom, honesty, a presence that is unperceived by the five senses, authority to govern and command the universe, a peculiar mind with the ability to craft or invent, the gifts of prophecy and dream interpretation, the courage of a military leader, and the virtues of a king. Combined with the other two definitions we find that the Spirit is also endowed with a rational mind, senses, affections, and emotions of various kinds, the ability to think and act with a steadfast mind and intellect. Finally, the Spirit is endowed with power to be as a gentle breeze or as a blast of God. Amazing! This is the feminine manifestation of the Spirit of Elohim poised to move upon the face of the waters in the final part of verse 2.

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