IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH – Genesis 1:1
BY THE WORD OF THE LORD THE HEAVENS WERE MADE, AND BY THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH ALL THEIR HOST – Psalm 33:6
God’s word is powerful, by it we hear the gospel. By it we receive faith and are able to call upon the precious name of Jesus and be saved (Romans 10:13-17).
Time and time again throughout Scripture God speaks and in doing so He often creates. It is there in the beginning, but it is also there in the formation of the New Creation within believers.
And yet, God’s word does not function alone. The next verse in Genesis, we read that God’s spirit is over the waters (Genesis 1:2). God’s word and God’s spirit together working out God’s purposes.
The Psalmist says that by His breath (Ruwach) the host of heaven were made. This Hebrew word: Ruwach, is used 378 times in the OT. 27 times it is translated ‘breath’, but 232 times it is translated Spirit/spirit (in the KJV)!
It is the same word used in Ezekiel 37 when God’s breath/Spirit, enters the dry bones in the valley, causing them to stir and rise a vast army!
Can we be surprised that God’s word and Spirit work together in such a way?
Was it not Jesus, the Word from the beginning, who taught in John 3, that we must be born by Spirit if we are to receive and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Word’s word about the necessity of the Spirit.
May God’s word and Spirit at creation remind us of our need to immerse ourselves in His word and Spirit in our walk as new creation beings (2 Corinthians 5:17).