During our recent Bible study “My Salvation Is On The Way,” the question was asked, “What was the witness that was accounted for when Yeshua was being baptized in the Jordan River?” In order to answer this question, we had to review what the Scriptures had to say.
As we where reviewing the book study "My Salvation Is On The Way" book study, Bible enthusiasts read on page 19,
"Upon referencing Job 32:8, the Bible enthusiast will soon realize that mankind continues to receive this spirit that resides within him from the Heavenly Father: which is referred to as the breath of The Almighty: “[…] there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent” (Job 32:8). Without this spirit residing within the human body, the body would neither live nor have conscious thought: “When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them” (Psalm 146:4)" (My Salvation Is On The Way 2014).
They were able to understand that the breath of the Almighty was used synonymously with the term spirit. In fact, an example was provided to them to understand the Hebraic aspect of spirit.
Have you ever stepped outside when it was extremely cold? Did your breath condensate and give that false appearance as if though you were smoking? Maybe you were fascinated by what you witnessed? According to Scriptures, this is the breath of the Almighty residing within you; this is what the Bible refers to as being his spirit. This is the exact same breath that the Heavenly Father breathed into Adam's nostrils. It's as if though when you take a breath, the Heavenly Father is exhaling into your lungs. By understanding this concept, we can appreciate it best when the Word says, "If Elohim were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust” (Job 34:14-5).
Then, they asked, “What was the witness that was accounted for when Yeshua was being baptized in the Jordan River?” If the breath of the Almighty is his spirit and we continue to breathe that breath, then what exactly was being witnessed at the Jordan River? Did not the Holy Spirit materialize and take the form of a dove?
From these questions, we reviewed what the Scriptures had to say.
“After his baptism, as Yeshua came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of Elohim descending like a dove and settling on him” (Matthew 3:16, NLT).
“As Yeshua came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove” (Mark 1:10, NLT).
“[…] the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove” (Luke 3:22, NLT).
Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him” (John 1:32, NLT).
If you read carefully what the Scriptures say, you'll soon take notice that the Bible does not say precisely that the Holy Spirit materialized and took the form of a dove as some presuppose. On the contrary, the actual witness was that something that was understood by Yeshua's disciples as being a spirit, like the condensation of our breath in cold weather, physically descended upon Messiah Yeshua.
On a cool windless morning, midst is known to formulate on the river's surface. This is because water tends to condensate in an observable manner prior to the sun rising completely and warming up the atmosphere. In Hebrew, ruach is translatable as spirit, breath and wind. It's quite possible that a midst was observed that came forth from the Jordan River and rested upon Yeshua as tranquil as a dove. It seems reasonable why the Scriptures say, “[…] the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on Yeshua like a dove” (Luke 3:22, NLT) in the very same sense that "[...] the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2).
"Oh, I get it, Rabbi That makes perfect sense!" responded the Bible enthusiast.
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