THE JUNCTION | 10.5

THE JUNCTION | 10.5

HOLY SPIRIT SESSIONS #1

Hey everyone and welcome to another Junction online.

This week we are starting a new series on the Holy Spirit. On the 31st of May we celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost is the birthday of the church. We remember that day because it’s the day that the promised holy spirit fills the disciples. Will get to Pentecost at the end of this series. Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to look at how the holy spirit worked throughout the entire Biblical narrative. in the old Testament the holy spirit empowered specific people for specific tasks at specific times.

Check out this Bible Project video on the Holy Spirit:

In the coming weeks we are going to follow the main parts of this little video. Today were going to think about how the holy spirit was present at creation and how He is the creative energy of God. We also going to look at the story of Bezalel mentioned in the video.

In the first lines of Genesis one we read that the spirit of God was hovering over creation. I wonder if you’ve ever thought about what that means? I must’ve read it hundreds of times before ever even thinking that He was the holy spirit the same spirit that we celebrate and invite into our lives as Christians. We need to be careful not to describe the Holy Spirit in a strange force like way like he’s from Star Wars… Just like the Bible project video says, it’s more like an invisible presence, an energising breath. Hebrew the word is ruach.

  • How does God being creative affect us?
  • If we are to image God, what does it mean to be made and filled with his Holy Spirit?

Bezalel

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.

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Reflection

In the short piece from the book of Exodus we read how the holy spirit fills Bezalel for a specific purpose. He’s going to design and build the tabernacle and and things in it. (The tabernacle is where gods presence is going to dwell like His home among his people – it’s a big deal!) I always wonder if Bezalel was always an artist… I feel like that’s how God has worked in my life. Using the things that I’m already okay or fairly good at, then using those gifts to bring about His glory.

As I said at the start, this is how God’s Holy Spirit worked in the old Testament. Filling specific people, for specific tasks at specific times. In the old Testament the holy spirit filled people called prophets. Some of those prophets promised a time in the future we are gods holy spirit wouldn’t just be for a few people it would be for all. We know that on Pentecost God’s Holy Spirit filled his disciples and still fills us his followers today. More on that in the coming weeks.

  • What do you take away from this story?
  • Where are your gifts and talents and how can you ask God to use them?

Charlie Mackesy

I’ve recently found the work of Charlie Mackesy really helpful here. You might have heard of his book: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Charlie is a Christian and goes to HTB. His writing and his artwork is so beautiful and it’s really instructive when it comes to thinking about our spiritual journey. The words of the horse I like hearing from God.

Check out this little video as he describes his book:

Prayer

As a prayer, why don’t you pray come Holy Spirit. People have been praying that prayer for hundreds of years. When you pray that you’re asking God to breathe into you His creative spirit, his spirit of life. It’s God’s Holy Spirit that we need more than ever when things are difficult, tough and a struggle.

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