Summary: God breathed into man the breath of life and He wants to breathe upon us again.
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
I was setting at the urgent care last Friday talking to an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We were talking about the church, her kids, my kids, and a little bitty older lady setting close by interrupted. She had heard us talking and knew I was a pastor. She said to me, “You..know.. what .. you ..need to preach about? Breath......without it you don’t have anything.” She went on to explain that she had asthma and was having a hard time getting it under control. It was almost painful to hear her speak. It took such great effort.
The human body is an amazing machine that God has created. It can endure hot or cold, wet or dry. It can go 3 to 5 weeks without eating food. 3 to 5 days without drinking water. But only 3 to 5 minutes without getting a breath of air. There is nothing that is needed more for this physical body than a breath of air. The leading cause of death for premature babies is the lungs can’t function. You see, when they are in mama’s tummy they don’t have to breathe. Mama’s doing it for them. But when they are born they have to begin to breathe on their own. As I said a while back. I had the privilege to see all of my children born. When they are just first born they aren’t breathing. You wait for that moment when they’re lungs expand and suck in that first breath of air. You say come on kid, come on , BREATHE. And then you hear whaaa. It’s a beautiful sound for about.......... two seconds. Then they won't hush for the next 18 years.
This morning I want to take a few minutes and talk about when God Breathes on us.
Genesis 2:7 says “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.”
I believe this scripture teaches us that God created this human being, the first human being, and I believe it lay there before him. Perfect in every way. A SPECIMEN OF MANHOOD. But that perfect specimen of a man would have laid there and rotted away if God hadn’t went one step further and BREATHED into him the breath of life. As God breathed into that mouth I believe the lungs of Adam began to expand and when He finished those lungs exhaled and so the breathing process began. Later on in Genesis chapter 2, we find where God put Adam into a deep sleep and removed one of Adam’s ribs to form Eve out of. After Eve was formed I believe God had to breathe into her the breath of life just like He had done for Adam. I’m just dumb enough to believe this literally happened.
Do you know who creates life even today? God does.
You see scientists can mix all of the components that make up a human cell but they can’t put life into it. Evolutionists tell us that some single celled amoeba crawled out of the mud, split and divided, mutated and changed, evolved and grew, quit hunching over, stood up on two feet, and now look how far we’ve come. We can cipher numbers and everything. But when you ask the Evolutionist where that single living cell came from they still can’t answer.
Can I give you another senario. “In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth.” That explains everything and it’s not that hard. I believe God creates and forms every little baby in their mama’s womb.
Psalms 139:13,14 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
And then the day comes that they leave their mama’s womb and God breathes in them the breath of life. As it says in verse 25, He gives us life and breath.
II. There’s another breath I want to talk to you about. It’s found in John 20:19-22.