An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God by Wilf Hildebrandt

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By Wilf Hildebrandt

Wilf Hildebrandt conscientiously explores the which means of “the Spirit” within the outdated testomony. He examines the position of God’s Spirit in production, within the institution and maintenance of God’s humans, in prophecy, and in Israel’s management. He unveils the vital position that the Spirit performs in creatively bringing concerning the directives of God. throughout the Spirit, God brings order out of chaos, ushers the invisible into fact, makes a separation among the sacred and the profane, permits particular humans to satisfy specific wishes, and supersedes common legislation. This paintings sheds mild at the Spirit of God in either the previous testomony and the hot testomony.

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Further allusions to this conception occur throughout passages in the Psalter. The above evidence illustrates the nature and way the acts of creation were brought into existence. When we consider the pattern of the creation narrative where God both announces and fulfills his word, we believe the "missing-link" in the pattern between the word and fulfillment is the activity of the Spirit. Therefore, the following pattern noted by B. W Anderson should have an additional descriptive note under point 3.

Cassuto claims that the term refers to the unformed, unorganized, and lifeless state, which was present prior to creation. This state was devoid of order and preceded the creative activity of God. In Deuteronomy 32:10, tohu is also used to illustrate that just as God's presence was with Israel during the period of the wilder­ ness wanderings, so God was present over the chaotic, un­ formed earth. This adjective now becomes the key for the literary structure of the narrative: the lack of form [tohu] is overcome in the first three days, and the empty space [wabohu] is filled up in the fourth to sixth days.

When experiencing various leadership role models in their midst, they attributed many of the externally observable manifestations to the ruah, whose internal influence they noted in the lives of various leaders. In addition, the prophetic era is one in which the ruah of God was influential in many ways. The texts men­ tioned in this section help to survey the development of Israel's understanding concerning the reality that God revealed himself and his power in Israel through the ruah. oe The Spirit and Creation The first occurrence of ruah in the Hebrew canon is in Genesis 1:2, where the phrase "and the Spirit of God [ruah ^lohim] was hovering over the waters" indicates the presence of God in the creation activities.

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