“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).
The verse of the day tells us the steps or the process for human beings to becoming fully alive.
There are three clauses to our verse:
- Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground
- And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
- And the man became a living being.
Each of these three clauses begin with the Hebrew conjunction “and.” The Hebrew conjunction for “and” can mean “and,” “when,” and “then.”
So what James? What’s your point?
The point is that the conjunction “and” makes these conjunctions progressive. What I mean is that in order to get to being fully alive, the first two steps are necessary.
In God’s creation story, the man takes shape and form but is not fully alive until the breath of God is breathed into him. The breath of God is synonymous with the Spirit of God. It is only after the Spirit of God enters into the man that the man becomes fully alive.
There are too many people walking around having the form and the shape of human beings but who have no life. They are dead. They are the walking dead because the Spirit of God is not in them.
The only way we start living is when the Spirit of God enters us through the person of Jesus Christ. Only then can human beings understand their purpose and meaning in life.
Is the Spirit of God in you?
If so, do the people around you know the way to becoming fully alive? His name is Jesus. Tell them about him.