Hello, Everyone, and thank you for joining me as I continue to look at Isaiah 45:7 where God says; “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.” Last week I wrote about God forming the light and how I could see a picture of Jesus. This week, I am going to take a look at the word “form”.
The Hebrew word for “form” in this passage is yatsar. For those of you who don’t know, there are no written vowels in the Ancient Hebrew language so this word is written with three consonants: the Yod, the Tzadi, and the Resh or, practicing using the Hebrew symbols (and reading right to left): יצר
I have a book by Robert M. Haralick called “The Inner Meaning of the Hebrew Letters”. This book was my introduction to each Hebrew letter having a meaning all its own and that my word studies could be deepened as I consider each letter as well as the word as a whole. This book gives the following meanings of the Hebrew letters for yatsar: the Yod means “spirituality”, the Tzadi means “righteousness & humility” and the Resh means “the cosmic container”. Reading this absolutely fascinated me: especially the meaning of the Resh and especially after picturing the light that Jesus is being formed into a man. As I looked deeper into the meaning of yatsar, I saw not only a picture of the life Jesus lived as a man but how our lives are lived in Him.
י Yod = Spirituality: The Bible records that, at the moment of Jesus’ baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove. When I look at His life as recorded in the gospels, I see the Holy Spirit working in a man as He had never done in anyone in the Old Testament. Well, Jesus was God some might say. That is true but let us not forget that He emptied Himself and became like one of us. Jesus did not have superpowers but He did live in and operate in the Holy Spirit in a way no one else had. Truly, in seeing Jesus, we see the New Thing God promised through the Old Testament prophets.
I try very hard not to digress in my studies but it’s difficult: I see so many awesome things! There are many times Jesus alluded to His oneness with the Father. There are also many times He was clear about it but one of His allusions is found in John 14 and John 15. Jesus is describing the Holy Spirit and He says, “but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14: 26). Then He says, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26). Who is sending the Spirit? The Father or Jesus? HE will because they are ONE! I thought that was cool. Anyway…that day came! The Holy Spirit was sent and His sending is recorded in Acts 2. He was sent then and He has continued to be sent to everyone everywhere. The life I now live is the life of Jesus lived in me and that is only possible through His Spirit.
I do know there are those believers who insist the Holy Spirit went away with the death of the last Apostle. There is absolutely no scriptural basis for this without some serious discounting of massive portions of the New Testament nor is it my personal experience. I am filled with the Holy Spirit right this very minute. He is my Teacher, my Helper, my Comforter, my Companion, my Best Friend. He is the Spirit of Jesus imparting the very life of Jesus in me right now. He is the Spirit proceeding from the Father who assures me I am accepted and reveals to me how I am loved.
I encourage anyone who does not know they are filled with the Holy Spirit to do four things. One, read the book of Acts and see how indiscriminately the Holy Spirit filled people. Then two, go through the entire New Testament with a pen or bible highlighter-whatever you have at hand-and underline or highlight every occurrence of the word Spirit. I am certain you will begin to see how this New Covenant is one ministered to us by the Holy Spirit. Three, say “Jesus is Lord” and then call God your Daddy-which while being respectful, is the meaning of Abba (1 Corinthians 12:3, Romans 8:15). Done? Then know His Spirit is in you! After you have done those three things do number four which is to consider the tradition taught to you might be wrong, refuse to be cheated of your inheritance, and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the truth.
In the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, God declares a day to His people when He will, “sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you: I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:25-27). It is always good to remember that this promise, while to Israel, is not just to Israel. We who believe on Jesus have been grafted into the family of God and this promise is to all of us.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). The promise of God recorded in Ezekiel is fulfilled in Jesus. We are in Him and His Spirit is in us. We are clean. We are being renewed. His Spirit within us is not only the wisdom and knowledge to know His ways but the strength to walk in them. This is not a way of life reserved for some spiritual elite. God shows no partiality (Acts 10:34). The Holy Spirit is often symbolized by water in the scriptures and Jesus cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). This idea is echoed in the glorious revelation of Jesus Christ: “And the Spirit and the bride say ‘come!’ and let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us. We can have as much of Him as we desire. May our eyes be opened to see this, may we drink deeply, and may our hearts overflow with rivers of living water.
All scriptures are quoted from:
The New King James Version of The Holy Bible, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 1982
Haralik, Robert M., The Inner Meaning of the Hebrew Letters, Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, New Jersey, 1995