Breath – Air

The Bible is God’s “Breath.” Like bread and water, we need air, breath, to be sustained us. Experts say we can go without food 40 to 80 days; go without water, 4 to 14 days; how long can we go without air? Maybe 3 minutes and then we pass out. Within the body of Christ, we have malnourished, dehydrated, and oxygen depleted Christians!

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (Verse 17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Not “some” Scripture, but “All” Scripture is given by inspiration of God! All Scripture is “God-Breathed.” God-breathed is what we call the inspiration of God. The word inspire, literally means to breathe in. It also has a secondary meaning, to breathe an idea, inspired with this idea to do something.

God breathed into men as they wrote Scripture. Expiration – to breathe out, expire,to exhale. Inspire is to inhale and expire is to exhale. So, God not only breathed in to inspire the men who wrote Scripture, but He breathed out to breathe it into them.

2 Peter 1:20, 21 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (Verse 21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

God breathed out His word and breathed into holy men of God and they wrote as they were inspired or filled with the breath of God.

People like to say that the Bible is full of errors because it was written by ordinary men. This is not true, because if it was full of errors and written by ordinary men, then it certainly couldn’t have come from the mouth of God. God makes no errors. If you say it’s full of errors then you don’t believe that the Bible is God inspired. We can’t have it both ways. If you believe the Bible has errors, then you can pick and choose what part is right and which part is of God and that would make you “God.”

It’s hard to believe the arrogance of people that, think they can judge the word of God. We don’t judge God’s word, but we will be judged by the word of God one day. The Scripture is inspired by God, the Holy Spirit. Do you remember what Jesus said about anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit?

Mark 3:28: – “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; (Verse 29) “but he who blasphemies against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”  – Be very careful about what you say concerning holy Scripture and whom it was inspired by. God wrote it, God inspirited it, and holy men of God wrote it.

Error doesn’t refer to the different translations of  the Bible that are available. Error refers to the original language and then we translate it. And original text means when the men wrote it in Hebrew and in Greek. The only errors might be when a translation takes place, but there are no errors in the original.

People say there are contradictions in the Bible. No, there are just different eye witnesses of events that occurred or different expressions of what took place. The law of none-contradiction means that you can have two statements about the same event, from two different people, that are different statements about the same thing, but as long as one version does not prove the other statement to be false, there is no contradiction. It can only be a contradiction if one statement proves the other statement is false.

People like to use these two Scriptures to prove there is a contradiction in the story about Judas. In Mathew 27:1-10, it says that Judas hung himself. Matthew went right to the “bottom-line.” But in Acts 1:18, Luke declares Judas as “falling head long, and burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.”

Those two Scriptures do not contradict each other. Judas did hang himself in the field that the “priest” bought with the 30 pieces of silver that Judas had thrown at them. But they bought it in the name of “Judas.” He hung himself the day before the Sabbath and it would have been considered work to wait and cut him down on the Sabbath, so he hung there all day. Gases began to build up in his body and he became bloated, so when they cut him down and he hit the ground, he burst open.

Gross, I know, but if you think about it this way, we also have to remember that Luke was a physician. so his description of what happened to Judas was a little more descriptive. One, the tax collector, simply said, “He hung himself.” but the physician described what a gruesome death it was. No contradiction.

We are born again by the Word of God, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible seed, that lives and abides forever. The Word of God is what we live and breathe by, so please watch what you say when you want to criticize how and by whom it was written.

Ezekiel 37:1 – The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones. (not skeletons, bones are unattached) (Verse 2) Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. (Verse 3) And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” (Verse 4) Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! (Verse 5) ‘Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. (Verse 6) “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” (Verse 7) So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. (Verse 8) Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. (Verse 9) The He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ” (Verse 10) So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

The Breath of God Brings Understanding

If we are going to judge by the Bible whether we can understand it or not, it is not going to happen. Because there are going to be many things we will not understand. However, we believe it by faith.

In Ezekiel 37:3, (my words) “Is it logically possible? and Ezekiel said, “I don’t have a clue! But You do.” How about if God asked us this, “Can a man walk on water?” God knows. If God wants dry bones to breathe again or a man to walk on water, He knows.

Job 32:8 – But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

The Breath of God Brings Order

Remember, all Scripture is God breathed. Reading the Bible will bring order to our lives. Scripture brings an understanding. When God’s word was spoken by Ezekiel, to the dry bones, they began to connect – order.

Psalm 33:6 – By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. The breath of God, spoke order. Do we not breathe out our breath when we speak? Yes, but God’s breath gives life.

The Breath of God Brings Strength

In verse 8 of Ezekiel 37, the “sinews” and the flesh came upon the bones. God will bring structure and order to our lives but we still need to be connected to the power of God – to the muscle. When we combine reading God’s Word with receiving the Holy Spirit, we then walk in the power of God.

Right after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, in Exodus 15, they sang the song of Moses and sang unto the LORD: Exodus 15:8 – And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; and the depths congealed in the heart of the sea. (Verse 9) The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ (Verse 10) You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

A blast from the Almighty’s nostrils parted the Red Sea and they crossed on dry land. And then Scripture says He blew again and covered the enemy in the waters. How powerful is that? Please don’t ever minimize the miracles in the Bible. We won’t find any logical explanation for them.

The Breath of God Brings Life

Ezekiel 37:10 – So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived. When we read God’s word, we get understanding, our lives come into order, we receive the power of God and we get life itself!

Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Genesis 2:7 – And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Every time we read and meditate on God’s word, we are breathing in what God breathes out. You can’t just breathe once a week at the house of God and expect to live that abundant life!

 

 

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