But Moses asked him, “Do you think you need to stand up for me? I wish all the LORD’S (Yahweh’s) people were prophets and that the LORD (Yahweh) would put his Spirit (Ruach) on them.”
-Numbers 11:29 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Letter Thirteen ~ Receive Your Promises
Letter Thirteen ~ Receive Your Promises in The Israel Letters lists as the first reference Scripture Genesis 1:2, and it is one of my favorites.
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) was hovering over the water. Genesis 1:2 –NOG
Why is this Scripture one of my favorites? Two reasons really. First, because it is our initial introduction to God’s Spirit (Ruach in Hebrew) in the entire Bible. He is there from the beginning of salvation history! This is the Comforter, or Helper, and Spirit of Truth that Jesus promised to those who believe in Him many times in the Gospels (John 16:7-15 is a good start in studying about the Holy Spirit) and often the subject in the Book of Acts. (Acts 1 & 2 the verses that actually led me to an infilling of the Holy Spirit.) God answered Moses’ request in Numbers quoted at the top of this page in the most unexpected and amazing way so many years later!
Second, because I realized early on as the Lord led me along the path of understanding the relationship between His Christians and Jews and His desire for friendship among us, that although we might argue about the Messiah, we all realized the reality of the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit). I understood that it was Spirit who moved over the waters to create order out of chaos on the earth, and it will be the same Ruach Elohim ~ Spirit of God ~ who can create order out of the chaos among us! In fact, last year right after writing my book I began producing the radio program Haverim and found out immediately that there is much interest in the Holy Spirit among Orthodox rabbis.
My first guest was Israeli David Netkrutman, Executive Director for The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) in Efrat, Israel, who was finishing his Masters Degree in Christian Theology at Oral Roberts University specializing in the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible! Our second interview weeks later was very revealing about his research on the Holy Spirit. (Visit Haverim.org online at this link to hear the whole story while browsing online or working: David Netkrutman and the Holy Spirit)
So often I found that the prayers in The Israel Letters were asking for God to pour out His Spirit on today’s Israel. In closing today, I share this prayer from Letter Thirteen with you:
O Lord, You are El Shadai, God Almighty and nothing is too difficult for You! Pour out your Spirit on the people of Israel. Shower them with Your love and comfort; free them from fear and anxiety. Let them remember and rejoice in the many promises you have kept for them; for the many promises You are ready to fulfill. Cause great excitement to rise in their midst as they begin to perceive Your great Glory once again.
Blessed be The Holy One of Israel always,
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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