As I sit here this morning thinking about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and writing this devotional I am looking out my front window at new fallen snow. Fluffy, fresh, pure white snow, lightly covering the roof tops and yards. Tree branches are glistening with the soft white powder. I start thinking about God’s breath and imagine it being fresh and pure like the new snow. God’s fresh, pure life being breathed into each line of scripture.
God communicated to individuals the specific truth of scripture through his breath of life, the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew word for Spirit is rauch which means “air in motion”. This is the same word in Hebrew for breath and life. Super cool, right. The Greek word for “God Breathed” is theopneustos, theo meaning God pneo meaning breath.” (Click the link to go the The Blue Letter Bible to hear the pronunciation of theopneustos. I thought this would be a fun little addition to this week’s blog and to share one of my favorite on-line study tools! Blue letter Bible pronunciation)
My Woman’s Study Bible says, “The Holy Spirit Superintended” , or oversaw the process in the writing of scripture so there were no errors in the original writings.
2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “ Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Peter is addressing the false teachers who argued the reliability of the Christian message. They believed that the apostles were making up the stories they were about Jesus. Peter contended that the Old Testament was recorded by men who were moved, or carried by the Holy Spirit.
And if we go to the very beginning, Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God was there, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Peter was right!
God chose these precious Prophets of Old and Apostles of New, ok well some of them not so precious but I think that was to get some very special points across to us, anyway he chose them to breathe His Holy spirit into them to carry His life to us.
I have to believe that all of this connection of scripture from Old to New Testament, and my friend this is just a simple example, the Bible is a seamless story from beginning to end, that when I need to hear from God for a word of encouragement, discipline, training, or teaching I can turn to scripture and without a doubt know I can rely on His word. It so much more pure and fresh than new fallen snow outside my window, it is LIFE!
Heavenly Father, Thank you today for sending your Holy Spirit to this world to live in your believers. Lead us Father to your word when we are confused, need a little discipline and guidance or just need a word of encouragement because we know it is true and trustworthy. In your Son Jesus’ name, Amen.