Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Sacred Breath of God

Genesis 2:7
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.

And this clump of clay, formed by the hand of God. . . filled with the breath of God, was given life. . . No death or decay was found within him. As made by God, Adam was perfection. God gave Adam a gift beyond knowing. Adam’s world was perfection, and without contrast neither darkness nor light. . . neither pleasure nor pain are understood or appreciated. Beauty cannot be valued without ever viewing ugliness. No disease, no cancer, no want, no evil of any kind was present either in the garden, or in Adam’s memory or history. . . and God gave Adam a free will. . .The ability to choose his own path.

In his ignorance, and innocence Adam chose to explore the unknown. Not realizing that he and Eve were at the pinnacle of existence. Every path from where they stood led down. . . Every road from Eden led away from God, led downhill into blackness, and terror, and sin. . .

Genesis 2:16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Adam was not created as a slave to God. That was within God’s power, but that was not God’s desire. God gave Adam a will to choose and very quickly Adam chose to reject God’s will for him, utterly without any understanding of the consequences. What does the threat of death, as a consequence of disobedience, mean to a man, to whom even the trivial experience of a common cold is a mystery? Without experience, ‘death’ is merely a word,. . . a sound in the ears, but with no linkage to loss and pain. . . darkness and desolation. . . and by his decision, Adam brought sin and death into himself. . . and into the world. . . and by his decision he lost eternal life. Adam rejected God, and rejected the breath of God. . . the life giving breath, by which God so freely gave him life.

Adam lost eternal life, by accepting sin. In rejecting the breath of life and turning toward sin and disobedience. . .Adam rejected God. . .to reject God is to die. Something so easily taken up as sin, cannot so easily be rid of. We take up smoking, illicit sex, drinking, drugs, lying, cheating. . . and on and on so very easily, but they are not at all casually put down. A tattoo may be acquired in an hour, but a lifetime of scrubbing on your own, will not remove it. Sin stains deeply. . . even tattooing our very soul. Adam and Eve’s sin, taken up with a mere bite of fruit, took a spiritual journey of thousands of years to remove. A struggle of spiritual growth and training of many centuries for mankind to be able to rid themselves of something acquired in an afternoon of idle mischief.

We had to learn through the pain and stench of sin. . .through vomit, and sweat, and blood and inner rot, the value of holiness and submission to God. We had to learn through the failure of the Mosaic Law to cleanse us, that we were incapable of attaining righteousness, and holiness by following endless rules. No matter the number of lambs slain, the sin still returned. . . We were scrubbing our exterior, while our inner darkness remained. . . the way back to Eden was blocked for hundreds of generations. In an agonizing rediscovery of weakness, men fell anew all over again and again. . .

God worked hard to restore us. We were. . . we are His creation. His breath gave us life once. We rejected that life, but He strove to restore in us the power of His breath, to give us life once again. The entire Law of Moses, John’s preparing the way with his ministry of repentance, Jesus coming to us robed in flesh, His ministry and eventual sacrifice on the cross. . .were necessary prerequisite steps leading up to the day of Pentecost.

Jesus said:
Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. . .

The Holy Ghost. . . in the Greek: The Hagios Pneuma. . . another way of translating it is, the Sacred Breath. . . But ye shall receive power, after that the [Sacred Breath] is come upon you. He might have said, After that [Sacred Breath] is [once again] come upon you. . .For Adam had once received this same life giving breath of God, but its power and effect had been long forgotten, and though Jesus had preached of it many times, the men and women gathered were unprepared for its impact.

Acts 2:1-2
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. . . the Greek word translated here as wind is:

respiration, a breeze: - breath, wind.

So again we could read this as: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty respiration or breath. . .The breath of God came upon all those gathered there. Their hearts readied by repentance. . . the turning away from sin and the ways of the world. Prepared and ready for the Spirit. . . as prepared as the completely innocent red earth of Adam, for the breath of God to enter them and give them eternal life once again. . .

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And they were all filled with the Sacred Breath, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit. . . again the Greek word pneuma. . . as the Holy breath of God gave them utterance.

You must have breath to speak. No breath, no speaking. . . likewise, you must have the Sacred Breath of God. . . the Holy Ghost to speak His heavenly language.

John 3:5-8
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit [pneuma ~ breath of God], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit [pneuma ~ breath of God].

Romans 8:11
But if the Spirit [pneuma ~ breath of God] of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit [pneuma ~ breath] that dwelleth in you.

Our raw material was dirt. God took His hand. . . He shaped and molded that raw dirt into an image of Himself. He then added His breath into the soil and it came alive. Uniquely of all that had been created before, God gave Adam life by His own breath. Soon though, Adam chose sin and turned his back upon God. . . thereby poisoning himself and dying. The poison was potent. The antidote took thousands of years of preparing mankind to receive the cure. It required a most rare ingredient, the sacrifice of a totally innocent life, a life totally pure and undeserving of death to implement, but even then, after all the lengths that God had gone to save the dying patient. . . robing Himself in flesh, enduring the pain and humiliation of the cross. . .much of humanity, rejects life, and chooses death over accepting the the Spirit. . . the breath of God. . .

Turn to God. . .
Seek His Spirit. . .
Be reborn and made new with His Spirit. . .
Open yourself to the Sacred life giving Breath of God. . .

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