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Sunday, October 13 2013

Exodus 31: The Spirit Of Creation

"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life"

The Holy Spirit is the Power of God by which Creation was accomplished by the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). Jesus Christ never taught the pagan Roman political "trinity" doctrine (The Roman Triumvirate: "a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authority"; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). While the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all definitely exist, the Holy Spirit is the Power of God, not a separate "person" of a "trinity." The Son of God plainly and always taught that the Father "is greater than all." It is by following the Son that we can arrive at the Father, by means of the Holy Spirit (see Sealed With The Holy Spirit Of Promise and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?: also listen to our Sermon, Number 0490: Are The Father, Son and Holy Spirit A Trinity?).

Earth

"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

1:2 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. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)

The Hebrew word translated as "Spirit" in the term "Spirit of God" is (pronounced) roo-awkh. It literally means breath, or more specifically, a breathing out. "Breath" may not seem to make sense as a term for Spirit until one appreciates the fact that breath represents life, a living, creative force, as plainly described in these verses in which "breath" is used as an analogy for the Spirit of God. Humanity was created by the Holy Spirit, the "breath of life" (also see the Fact Finder question below).

"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 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 [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]." (Genesis 2:4-7 KJV)

Just as humans were created from lifeless elements of the Earth (see Adam and Adamah), the resurrections will be empowered by the Holy Spirit: "O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live" (see also The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries and Dust and Ashes).

"37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:13-14 KJV)

When the Work of Creation was completed, the LORD Created His true Christian Sabbath - the reason that the Fourth Commandment is a double Commandment (see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work and The Fourth Commandment, Part Two: Rest; see also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

The Israelite Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle) and the Levite Priesthood (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood) were not ends in themselves (although "Judaism" later made them so, for themselves; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). They were created by the LORD God, Who was later born as Jesus Christ, as Christian prophetic observances (see Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement? and The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy). For that reason, the LORD empowered the craftsmen with the Holy Spirit to create it, just as Creation had been done: "I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship."

The Tabernacle

"31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

31:2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 31:4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 31:5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

31:6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; 31:7 The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, 31:8 And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, 31:9 And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, 31:10 And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office, 31:11 And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do." (Exodus 31:1-11 KJV)

So too, it's no mere coincidence that the LORD reiterated the observance of the true Sabbath along with the work that He gave the craftsmen to complete in the the Tabernacle.

"31:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

31:14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 31:16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone [see Turning The Tables], written with the finger of God." (Exodus 31:12-18 KJV)

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This Day In History, October 13

539 BC: As prophesied (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image), Persian forces under Cyrus the Great captured Babylon (see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist). The LORD had the Babylonians conquer the southern kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) and destroy the idol-infested Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple) because of their defiant corruption. The Persians under Cyrus permitted the people of Judah to return, after their prophesied seventy years in exile, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah).

Christian Martyrs 54: The Roman emperor Claudius (see also New Testament Roman Emperors) died after eating poisoned mushrooms given to him by his wife Agrippina. He was succeeded by Agrippina's son Nero (see also Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned? and Nero's Torches), who reigned 54-68.

409: Vandals and Alans crossed the Pyrenees to Hispania.

1399: Henry IV of England was crowned.

1601: Tycho Brahe died at age 55. The Danish astronomer made many important discoveries of the heavens, all before the invention of the telescope (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1773: The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier.

1792: The cornerstone of the original White House was laid in a ceremony by George Washington. The building survived only until 1814 when, during the War of 1812 (1812-1814), British Marines burned it, and much of Washington, in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Upper Canada Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that same year.

1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), British Infantry and Canadian militia under Sir Isaac Brock repelled U.S. invaders at the Battle of Queenston Heights near Niagara Falls in southern Ontario (the War of 1812 was declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated intention of annexing Canada). General Brock was killed in the battle while fighting on the front lines with his troops.

1854: The Battle of Balaklava, an indecisive engagement during the Crimean War, best known as the inspiration of the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of The Light Brigade." In the battle, the Russians failed to capture Balaklava, the Black Sea supply port of the British, French and Turkish forces in the southern Crimea, but the British lost control of their best supply road connecting Balaklava with the heights above Sevastopol, the major Russian naval center that was under siege. The battle ended with the loss of 40% of the Light Brigade.

1884: The Royal Greenwich Observatory in London, England was established as the Universal Time meridian of longitude.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich

1917: The last "appearance of the Virgin Mary" to 3 shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal. Six "visions" were reported between May and October, each on the 13th of the month. The last claimed sighting was attended by over 50,000 people. If the children actually saw something, it was not of God; Mary is dead, awaiting her resurrection (see What Happens When You Die?).

1923: Ankara, formerly Angora, became the capital of Turkey.

1939: The German submarine U-47 entered the Scapa Flow anchorage off Scotland and sank the British battleship Royal Oak. The submarine was able to enter the normally inaccessible area due to extraordinarily high tides caused by the coincidence of new moon and perigee (moon at its closest to earth).

1946: France adopted the Constitution of the Fourth Republic.

1988: The Shroud of Turin (see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?), revered by many as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, was determined by carbon dating to have been made during the Middle Ages, centuries after He was Crucified.

1990: Slavonic chant was heard across Red Square when the first Russian Orthodox service in more than 70 years was held in St. Basil's Cathedral next to the Kremlin.



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