"In the beginning God created the heaven 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." - Genesis 1:1-2
In the very first words of The Bible we see an anticipation and excitement of what is about to take place. Life is about to be spoken into existence by The Word of God. Oh, to be sure, the first two verses in Genesis are already full of Life; for God, The Father of all life, is already there. The One without Whom "was not anything made that was made", Jesus Christ The Word, is also there (John 1:1-3). We also observe at this "Speaking into existence", The Holy Spirit; The One Who is 'moving' upon the face of the waters.
The Hebrew word translated as 'moved' in verse two is "rachaph", meaning "to hover; as a bird hovering and brooding over it's young". This same word, "rachaph", is used in Deuteronomy 32:11, which describes God's leading the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage with this beautiful imagery:
"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth (rachaph) over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So The Lord alone did lead him..."
"Rachaph". The Holy Spirit hovers still, just as He did at creation. He hovers over you and flutters within you. Can you not feel His presence? He covers you with His wings; keeping, cultivating, and nurturing you with care and affection. He is The One Who comforts, guides, and helps you with your weaknesses. He is The One Who bears witness that you are The Father's child. He is The One Who intercedes for you and empowers you. He is The One Who imparts gifts to you for service in The Kingdom. He is One Who will always be there; hovering and watching over you; taking care of you as One over the young in their nest.
Why would we ever want to grieve such a one as The Holy Spirit Who cares so much? Instead, let's submit and follow. Let's rejoice in our beautiful relationship we have with the Spirit of God, The Holy Spirit. Be Blessed in Bunches!
The following video begins with singing in the beautiful Hebrew language, then translated into English. Rejoice in prayer with these Jewish brothers and sisters who have found their Messiah and ours, Jesus Christ.
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My eyes filled with tears as I read the definition of rachaph
Over the years, I have felt the presence of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit many times. However, I have never felt it with the intensity that I felt it on that dark night last December... you know the one... when through the darkness I felt, no became aware of the presence of God in the back of that ambulance, moving over me, enveloping me and breathing upon me simultaneously... and there was no fear...
I wish I could articulate it better but there are no words. I can only say that He truly can reach us wherever we are and we truly are sheltered under His wings!
Thank you so much for sharing, K My next blog on The Holy Spirit will mention that the Hebrew word for 'Spirit' is "Ruwach", literally meaning "wind" or "breath"...The One Who endues us with renewed life!
Amen! Amen to this wonderful expression of understanding who the Holy Spirit is to this world and the role the Holy Spirit plays in each born again Christian's life. Looking forward to your next blog on the Holy Spirit. Thank you!
Excellent message Ben:)...Praise the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers.
Oh what the church would be like today if the majority of believers seen the Spirit as the necessary power and not an incidental and seldom happening. Lord forgive us.
Loved and enjoyed your blog.