Truth, Understanding, Insight

Holy Spirit

9th August 2009, mgh


6) The spirit of man & obe

In each of us there is a spirit that is a projection of our mind and emotions (Prov 18:14, Eccl.3:21). We can project joy or sadness. In a group there can be mass emotion, as seen at sporting matches or religious revivals where parts of the crowd act as one having one spirit of the moment. Whether it is religious or not the source is the same. This is not from Yahweh but from the humans. The mind of Yahweh is a different 'spirit' to the 'spirit' of the mind of humans (Isaiah 55:8). They must not be confused, just as the wind is different from our breath.

The spirit of man is dangerous when used with repetitive words to affect the minds of people, such as used by dictators and by some modern religious leaders. The Hebrew word 'obe' (familiar spirit) implies 'prattling and mumbling'. Those who did this Yahweh condemned to death (Leviticus 20:27). The 'hyped' obe is evident for what it is as we have a description of what it feels like to hear the word of God.

In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form of it: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, (Job 4:13-16)

It is clear from this and every description, that the word of God comes suddenly, requires no effort on our part and the voice is from outside, not in our head, or from us. If it is 'mumbling' from us it's 'obe' as evident in pagan tribal spirit worship, and it's condemned


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