The Spirit here is not a “wind from God”, sent out to dry what was created… it is the personal spirit,  the Third Person of the Trinity… The word translated by “hovering”… is used elsewhere of a bird that hovers protectively over her young (Deut. 33:11). Already in the first instance where the Holy Spirit isContinue reading “GENESIS 1:2”

PSALM 111 – 2

Verses 2-4 culminate in verse 4b’s refrain “the LORD is gracious and merciful.” “Gracious,” from the Hebrew verbal root hanan, and “merciful,” from the verbal root raham, are two of the self-declarative attributes of God given to Moses in Exodus 34:6. God declares, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and aboundingContinue reading “PSALM 111 – 2”

PSALM 111 – 1

Psalm 111 is classified as an Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving, a psalm type in which the singer gives thanks for God’s goodness in delivering him/her from various life-threatening situations such as illness, oppression, or enemy attack. The words of thanks by this individual worshiper are unusual, however, for they recount not an event of God’sContinue reading “PSALM 111 – 1”