A Christmas Contretemps

Read Luke 1:26-35 and Matthew 1:18-25 Christmas is just around the corner. By now, you have made plans with your family and friends: there will be ham and turkey, potato salad and sauerkraut, eggnog and fruit punch, gifts and stockings. After all, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But what if Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Contretemps

Christmas Story for My Son

Read Deuteronomy 6:6-7 A year or so ago, I bought my now two-year-old son his first Bible. It is a beatifully illustrated Bible, with 365 short, five-minutes readings. We made a habit of reaidng it before he went to bed, even though he did not understand it much. Each night, he looked forward to daddy … Continue reading Christmas Story for My Son

The Holy Spirit and Jesus

Read Isaiah 11:1-4 According to Isaiah, the Spirit of the LORD would play an important role in the ministry of the Messiah. Accordingly, the Spirit of the LORD (the Holy Spirit) was much involved in the life and ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit caused Mary to conceive while she was a virgin (Matthew 1:18-20, … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and Jesus

The Spirit Enables God’s People

Since Old Testament times, the Spirit of God would enter into people to direct them and enable them to do something for God, whether it was prophesying, crafting something, leading, exercising supernatural strength, gathering an army, or going to war. In Genesis 41:38, Pharaoh states that the Spirit of God is in Joseph. Pharaoh deduced … Continue reading The Spirit Enables God’s People

The Ruach in Man

Today's Lesson Read 1 Chronicles 5:26, 2 Chronicles 21:16,¬†2 Chronicles 36:22, and Exodus 35:21 In my previous post, I explained that the word¬†ruach in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament, or TaNaKh) means breath, wind, and spirit. Before we continue to explore the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in my future posts, I would like … Continue reading The Ruach in Man

The Spirit of God Manifests Himself As Wind

Today's Lesson Read Acts 2:2 The Hebrew word that is often translated in the Old Testament portion of the Bible (the TaNaKh) as spirit is the word ruach, and it can mean breath, wind, and spirit. In Job 19:17, ruach refers to the breath expelled from the mouth when a human being speaks. In Psalm 33:6, it is used in the same way to anthropomorphize … Continue reading The Spirit of God Manifests Himself As Wind

God and His Spirit Speak

Today's Lesson Read Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:28 If we put aside everything we think we know about God, and if we then read the Bible from the beginning, one of the very first things about God that should catch our attention is that God speaks. God's power amazes us because all He has to do to … Continue reading God and His Spirit Speak