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Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Intention

Exodus 34:6
 ". . .'The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.'"

Genesis 2:7 reiterates the intimate nature of man’s creation, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” At the breath of God, red earth became alive, this foreshadows Christ’s conveyance of the Holy Spirit to the disciples in John 20:22, “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (KJV). How sublime is the truth of God’s very life force being breathed into man intimately by His nshamah or vital breath, inspiration, soul or spirit. The breath that makes inanimate clay live and brings to life the dead spirits of men. The Hebrew word ruah speaks of the wind of the Spirit. In the Greek, “Spirit” in this instance is rendered, pneuma, Strong’s Concordance # 4151 in the Greek Dictionary of the New Testament, its meaning is: a current of air, breath, breeze. It is derived from #4151, pneo, which means to breathe hard, in example. . .breeze blow (Zodhiates, 1991, 58, 59). Of the historicity of Old Testament books and more precisely, the Book of Genesis, Robert H. Pfeiffer comments, “Our sharp distinction between story and history, fancy and fact, seems meaningless when applied to the body of Old Testament narratives which present all the gradations between pure fiction (as in the stories about Adam, Noah, Samson) and genuine history (as in the the ancient bibliography of David and tin the Memoirs of Nehemiah)” (McDowell, 1981, 435). Human intellectualism, more disturbingly in the Christian realm, has cast doubt on God’s Word. By faith, we must believe that His Word is true and accurate, regardless of what limited human intelligence says must be true. God truly is a personal God, He is far more intimate than can be discerned by human intelligence. The numinous quality of God’s relationship with man is beyond description. His desire is to form Himself within man so that He and they may commune with man and regain this intimacy; deeper still, than that was lost at the Fall. A keen understanding of God’s intention toward us is integral to developing a deeper relationship with him and being able to convey this relationship to others.

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