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Summary: The Holy Spirit Brings life to the creation.

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Knowing The Holy Spirit April 17, 2005

The Spirit and Creation

Genesis 1:1-2, 2:7

Last week we saw how the Spirit is in the Trinity, we talked of the trinity as this eternal circle dance, where the Three are One and they are forever giving Glory to each other.

We saw that God always works in Trinity, even in the incarnation, the Father, Son and Spirit were deeply involved.

The creation is also a Trinitarian event – The Spirit is intimately involved in Creation.

Genesis 1

The Beginning

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Genesis 1

Heaven and Earth

1First this: God created the Heavens and Earth--all you see, all you don’t see. 2Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss

I love this Image – the Spirit of God hovering over the Chaos, brooding over it like a mother hen over her eggs.

“The Spirit brooded over the still earth as a bird broods over its nest, warming the dormant life within, wakening it, releasing it, so that the tiny creatures can come to birth.” – Samuel Ryan

The Hebrew for Sprit is the same word as breath, wind, or air. It is an onomatopoetic word – it sounds like the thing it describes. The Word is “Ruach” in Greek it is the same – the same word means Spirit, breath, wind, or air. It also sounds like what it describes: Pneuma is the word. Even the English words Spirit and Ghost have that quality about them – something elusive, a whispering wind.

I like “Ruach” it sounds more like a storm, or a hurricane (at least a gigantic sneeze) than a whispering wind. Maybe this is why the Celts chose the wild goose as a symbol of the Spirit, because they liked the word “Ruach” as well

The Ruach of God was brooding over the Chaos of the deeps, whipping up the waters, not bringing destruction, but bringing order, bringing creation

The Spirit broods over the Chaos and hatches Cosmos

You might know the word cosmos referring to the world or the universe, but in its original Greek that we borrow the word from it also has the meaning of order, clean, beautiful. The Spirit broods over the chaos and brings order, purity, beauty.

Genesis 2

7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

He ruached into Adam’s nostrils the ruach of life and the man became a living being.

He breathed into his nostrils the Spirit of life and the man became a living being.

Adam was just a statue, a model, a mannequin until the Spirit breathed life into him.

The Spirit Brings Life!

I have this image of the Trinity Dancing creation into being.

We are told in Genisis that God spoke creation into being – John calls the Son the Word of God.

John 1

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.


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