Ruach (pronounced Roo-agh with a rolling ‘G’) is an Hebraic word. It was used in the Old Testiment Bible to describe the part of the person that responds to God directly. The spirit of a person. The life force. The seat of life. The spirit of God. The true description of the Holy Spirit. Translations of this word Ruach have now been written as ‘breath’. Similar, but certainly lacks the power and magnitude of how it was originally written. Verses take on a whole new weight and awe if the word Ruach is used.
Job 7:7 – “My life is but a breath”.
But with ‘ruach’ that becomes “My life is a spirit connected directly to the spirit of God, and a life force that responds directly to God”. That changes a verse that sounds like it is about death to a verse that is about power and life.
Ezekiel 37:6 – “I will make breath enter you and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord”.
But with ‘ruach’ that becomes “I will give you a life force of my spirit. You will come alive and your spirit will respond directly to my Spirit – The Holy Spirit. Then you will know that I am the Lord”. Powerful beyond measure.
In the New Testament, the Greek word used is ‘Pneuma’. It has the same meaning as Ruach.
Acts 17:25 – “Because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else”.
But with pneuma it becomes a promise of power, magnitude, connection of spirits and awe. It becomes the true spirit power of God. It becomes the Holy Spirit.
There are many images that spring to mind when talking about the Holy Spirit; a dove, a babbling brook, a sunset on a beach, etc. But I chose the image of this post purposely. A boxer. The Holy Spirit is beautiful, graceful, powerful and as hard as nails. He will have you in the boxing ring to test your worth and to test your fight. Not to tease or bully, but to train, strengthen and develop. He is the life force of God Almighty. The power of God. But not just any power; ‘dynamis’, (the original Greek to describe the power of the Holy Spirit). It means power. Ability. Miracle. Ruler. It is also where we get the word dynamite from, which gives a good indication of the weight of this power.
We have this power. Freely available to us. The direct spirit of God to bring us healing, restoration, wholeness and freedom. So I encourage you today to lace up your old boxing gloves and invite the Holy Spirit around for a little hand to hand combat training.
Much love. Rob
* Information on translation from the ‘Strongest Concordance’, Goodrick & Kohlenberger (1999), Zondervan.
* Bible verses in NIV translation.