Breath, Spirit of God

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' Roeach ' is the Hebrew word for 'breath' and for 'Spirit' of God: lifegiving breath, breath of life. In the Old Testament the image of Breath is used to express the relationship between living beings and God. Especially the relationship of man with God. Acording to the visual imagery of the book of Creation, man has become a living being, because God raised up Adam by blowing life into his nostrils (Genesis 2:7).

The Breath of God can make you a different person, it gives you a new orientation. Like the young Saul turned into another human being when he joined a group of 'prophetpupils' and became King after that (1 Samuel 10:5-12). The Breath of God 'incites' and inspires (from the Latin word spiritus, wind). It makes people creative and inventive.The writers of the Old Testament, connected The Breath of God with the advent of the Kingdom of God. The time that God reigns, the beginning of a life full of righteousness and harmony.

Pentecost is the feast of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus, who were anxiously together after his death. Luke tells that The Breath of God came in as wind blows, through the House where the students were seeking shelter. By The Breath they dared to proclaim the joyous news and allowed non-Jews in, tells Acts (2:1-40). Elsewhere in the New Testament are love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, knowledge and freedom connected with The Breath of God.

Blood is, or contains the soul of an animal or a human being. The soul is the seat of who we really are. Our feelings, emotions and strength are flowing through our soul. Our soul is the controlling power of our bodies and our interaction with others around us.

"For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life." (Lev 17:11)