What We May Learn about the Holy Spirit
Series 2004—Part 1
Spirit of God is moving. Gently, but powerfully, He is warming hearts
of people everywhere. This is in anticipation of the fulfillment of
Prophetic Words like: Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him:
all nations shall serve Him (Ps 72:11). While Muslims make bold strides toward taking nations
for Allah, many of Christs followers are taken up with their own
pleasure, seeking God mostly that their own needs might be met. But,
this attitude in prayer is changing. More and more believers find themselves
drawn toward a kind of supplication that embraces whole nations. Gods
Spirit is seeing to this. His movements are more powerful than the swordindeed!
with the Holy Spirit, we should see how He worked with the Prophets,
particularly as they told of their awaited Messiah and the extent of
His rule. The Prophets words were precise and powerful, even if
sometimes mystical. Many of them reach through the ages to lay hold
on us, to go on with us through the end of the age.
What we hope to gain is a better understanding of what He wants to do in usand through us. And, we want to learn to live in unbroken communion with Him.
Having acknowledged this, let us go to the beginning of what the Lord God deemed in His wisdom to reveal about His Spirit. This means we are going to the first chapter of Genesis, the Book of Beginnings.
soon as we begin our exploration in Genesis, we meet His Spirit. In
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was
without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED upon the face of the waters Gen
Now let us examine some of the words in the opening statement of Genesis. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form...(Gen 1:2). The term without form is from the Hebrew tohu, a word meaning empty, desolate, like a wilderness. In Isaiah 45:18 is another statement about God creating the earth that would seem to contradict the above Word from Genesis. See it: ... God Himself formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it NOT in vain. This term in vain is also from the Hebrew tohu. Let us apply the meaning desolate in both passages. From Gen 1:2 we would have the earth was desolate. From Isa 45:18 we would have He created it not desolate.
The word was takes our interest here. It is from the Hebrew, hahyah, which means to be or to become. It has several interpretations throughout the Hebrew Old Testament.
we see this, we may well interpret the Genesis passage to read, the
earth became without form. We are not told here what caused
the earth to become desolate and empty. We are told just that it became
that wayafter an undisclosed period of time.
allow me a little space regarding the word was before we come back to the
matter of the Holy Spirits movement upon the waters. The Hebrew
word hahyah (was) seems to be the root upon
which the Name of the Lord God is founded. The Israelites considered
His Name so holy that it was for them unutterable except by the high
priest on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. In early writings
they designated God, their Lord, by four Hebrew consonants, called the
tetragramaton. As in all ancient Hebrew writings, there were
only consonants with no added vowels to indicate sound. Pronunciation
was passed verbally from one generation to another. Those four consonants
representing Gods Name might be brought into our language as JHWH,
an unpronounceable combination of consonants. Some have supposed
to put in vowel sounds to make it Jehovah; others, Jaweh.
Early Jewish scholars and scribes often replaced that Name, too
holy to be pronounced, with the Hebrew word Adonai, which
means My Lord. David loved this designation for Him and made
significant use of it.
God did not work alone in creation. His Spirit was active in the process. We also have this statement from Paul that His dear Son also was an Agent thereif not the primary Agent. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him (Col 1:16).
We are gaining some understanding as to why the Spirit of God stayed close to the darkness that was upon the face of the deep. The earth had fallen from what God created. His Spirit was not willing to leave it.
These are wonderful words: And the Spirit of God MOVED upon the face of the waters.
The word translated MOVED comes from a root meaning to keep the wings loose, so that they touch and yet do not touch. An early Ethiopian Bible has this word moved translated from the Hebrew into an Ethiopian word meaning overshadowed.
John Milton, a poet of 17th century England, spoke of the Spirits action like a bird when he said, Dove-like he sat, brooding on the vast abyss. Like the brooding mother hen who will not leave the eggs under her because instinct tells her there is life in them. So, the Spirit was brooding over the face of the waters, overshadowing them, keeping them warm in anticipation of a new birth for the earth.
This points us to the intriguing majesty of what the angel Gabriel announced to Mary when He said, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall OVERSHADOW thee: therefore also That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
The same Spirit Who MOVED upon the face of the waters OVERSHADOWED the Virgin, brooding over her, bringing life into her from out of the heavens.
There is another reference to which we are drawn. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending LIKE A DOVE, and lighting upon him (Matt 3:16).
The same Spirit Who moved over the desolation of the earths waters and Who overshadowed the Virgin descended like a dove upon Jesus, brooding, warming, bringing Life to Him from out of eternity.
were four divine Agents at work in the dawn of creation. They were participants
together in the bringing in of earths new order. We know these Four today.
· FIRST in the beginning we see GOD. Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). God, our Heavenly Father, Who came from out of eternity, Who has worked from the beginning of time with His creations, finds delight in the least one of us who will come to Him today.
SECONDWe see THE SPIRIT OF GOD as He moved, brooding over those dark waters because He knew there was life there that was to overcome the chaos. Jesus, Who has been eternal with the Father, promised, I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever (John 14:16). This is that same Spirit.
THIRDImmediately after we read of the movement of Gods Spirit, we see: And God said... in Gen 1:3. Thus, we learn that His WORD becomes super-powerful when it joins the moving of His Spirit. God...hath in due times manifested His Word (Titus 1:3).
·FOURTHWe learn from Paul the Lord Jesus Christ was a powerful Agent in creation. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him (Col 1:16).
Now, we can see another agent at work with the above Four.
·FIFTHGod gave Him, Christ Jesus, to be the Head over all things to (in behalf of) the Church, Which is HIS BODY, the fullness of Him... (Eph 1:22,23). This is just the beginning.
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