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Breath

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:2

Throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, in both Hebrew and Greek languages, the word translated “Spirit” is the same used for Breath and Wind. Why?

Part of the answer, I believe, is that wind, breath, spirit is unseen and uncontrolled. It can be felt on our skin, it can be heard blowing through the trees and tall grass, we even try to track it with radar, but it goes where ever it goes without or control, approval, or direction.

God’s spirit is like that and so are his followers.

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 — John 3:8

He moves and we benefit. We pray for it, wait for it, work with it or against it, but we don’t control it, and we don’t control those following him.

— fritz@langgang.com

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And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. – Genesis 2:18

God gave the “Good” pronouncement on everything he created except one – Adam’s aloneness.

Adam was good but his being alone wasn’t, so God made man into a community1 – first with a partner, then through that partner a family.

Some like being alone – no one to be hassled or disappointed with, no one to get in the way or make you wait, no one to limit your freedom or to say, “No!”; but that’s not God’s way.

God has always been a community (in his case – Father, Son, Spirit) and community is his intent for us.  He makes a place, in the Community of faith, for everyone who will accept Christ, if we will but coöperate and choose his way over our own.

God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. – Psalm 68:6

– fritz

1 – Genesis 1:27

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“and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” – 1st Corinthians 3:8b

American corporate culture and our historical social work ethic rewards those who are results oriented – those who can produce what we think is of value.

It is a matter of pride to adopt a “Can do!” attitude, and we drive ourselves to accomplish what we intend. When desired results don’t happen we become agitated; when this occurs a lot we feel both shame and futility thinking our work doesn’t measure up.

God rewards differently. He rewards us according to our labor.

He can produce results by just a word (Genesis 1:3a) so he is not impressed with our accomplishments. Of value to him is the character worked in us by the labor process. Working as unto him, not being slothful but diligent, being a good steward, faithfulness in difficulties, and getting our sense of worth from him – these are what he rewards.

– fritz

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And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven – Genesis 1:6-8

Scientists scoff at the Bible for saying heaven, presumably the sky, originally separated two layers of water, and especially the statement later that God put two lights, presumably the Sun and Moon, in that expanse.

When the Bible says it scientists scoff but, apparently, when one of their own discovers a star with water around it they marvel.

Wired Science reports that a 2001 discovery of a star with hot water around it requires them to re-think chemistry theory!

Scientists make some fairly bold statements for those who have a lot yet discover.

I’ll stick with God’s word – I don’t always understand the how and why of it, but it has always proven true where I can understand it.

– fritz

1 – “Hot Water Around Giant Carbon Star Creates Interstellar Mystery” by Jess McNally, Wired Science September 1, 2010,

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When they handed [Jesus] a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” – Matthew 22:18b-21

The determining factor of ownership is the imprinted image or likeness of the object. Jesus told the crafty Pharisees that since coins were made with Caesar’s likeness Caesar has the right to them.

Focus on that last part of Jesus’ statement, “give to God what belongs to God”. This was not a lesson on money but on ownership.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” – Genesis 1:27

God’s image has been etched on our lives, by rights he possesses legitimate ownership. God is not interested in our money, he wants us.

“Lord, you made me in your image and rightfully deserve my life. Come take possession and use me for your purposes” – Amen.

– fritz

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[T]he very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1st Thessalonians 5:23

It is a mistake to believe God is only interested in our “soul”.

God created us spirit, soul, and body1 in his image2 and for a reason. One should presume the original intent has not been changed, only delayed, by humanity’s obstinance.

Jesus came to preserve the whole person and fulfill God’s design in us. Submitted to God, our bodies are holy and pleasing3 to him and he has a divine purpose for them.

Take care of your body, God has a use for it.

– fritz
1 – Genesis 2:7 – “breath” and “spirit” are the word in Hebrew
2 – Genesis 1:26
3 – Romans 12:1

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And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

Two travelers on the way to a town called Emmaus, seven (7) miles from Jerusalem, picked up a stranger. Though unrecognized until the last, he took them through the Bible from a new perspective — Christ in every Book, Letter, and Psalm. “Did not our hearts burn within us!”, they said!1

The Bible really is a book about just one man — All the apostles saw it that way. Here is just one (1) example:

Paul, quoting a very familiar passage about Adam and Eve but with a new twist:

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh … I speak concerning Christ and the church.” – Ephesians 5:30-32

Neither we nor Jesus are any longer just ourselves, but eternally linked in covenant like a husband and wife! Him taking my sinfulness, me taking his righteousness,2 becoming one new man,3 the last Adam4 (male and female 5). We, together, approach God with nothing owing and all debts paid, God’s grace working is us (Christ and me) in all circumstances to bring about our good and God’s glory.6

Wow, what a book, what a savior, what a God, what a privilege!

— fritz@langgang.com
1 – Luke 24:32
2 – 2nd Corinthians 5:21
3 – One new man (not referring to Jew and Gentile but us and Christ) – Ephesians 2:14-15
4 – Last Adam – 1st Corinthians 15:45
5 – Adam, male and female – Genesis 1:27
6 – See Post from July 11, 2010 – “Where is God’s Blessing”

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