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of the animal kingdom the Psalmist wrote,   depending upon Jehovah for deliverance
        “Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are   (7:2). The Ephesians letter comes to mind
        created” (Psa 104:30). His presence in the   when we think of unity (see Eph 2:14).
        beginning (when compared with Psalm   The epistle encourages us to be diligent in
        33:6 and Job 26:13) shows us His role in   keeping the unity that the Spirit has made
        bringing order and beauty to a world that   in the bond of peace (4:3), highlighting the
        was otherwise “without form, and void”   fact that the Holy Spirit is interested in the
        (Gen 1:2).                            unity of believers. Strife is of the flesh (Gal
          Genesis 1:2 more literally says that He   5:20); unity is of the Spirit.
        “was fluttering over the surface of the wa-  Equipping
        ters.” This original word is also used of the
        eagle and would remind us of its tending   God’s desire to dwell with His people
        to the nest to ensure that conditions were   has never waned, as He always intended
        favorable to foster life and development   for them to be united together unto Him.
        in its young (Deu 32:11). Immediately   For the tabernacle, there were instructions
        following, we are introduced to light and   to build furniture with such intricate fea-
        are provided a precedent for the Spirit’s   tures that it would be almost impossible to
        function throughout Scripture – that of   assemble by natural ability. Enter Bezaleel,
        life-giver and light-giver. According to   a man filled with the Spirit of God (Exo
        the Scriptures, the Spirit of God is the   35:31).  His  skillset  involved  wisdom,
        imparter of eternal life (Joh 6:63), and God   understanding and knowledge imparted
        uses the light shining out of darkness as   by the Spirit to build (and teach others to
        an analogy for “the light of the knowledge   build) for God. In the power of the Spirit,
        of the glory of God in the face of Jesus   the materials, which speak of Christ,
        Christ” (2Co 4:6).                    were incorporated into the structure that
                                              accommodated God’s presence. So it is
        Unity                                 with us today. The NT teaches that there
          In analyzing Gideon’s battle in the book   is a place where God dwells on earth in
        of Judges, we can apply some relevant   this dispensation, the Church, both dis-
        principles. The enemy of the day was   pensational and local (Eph 2:22; 1Co 3:16).
        Midian, who was oppressing the Lord’s   Putting work into God’s building involves
        people into fearfulness (6:2), fruitlessness   a power beyond natural ability if things
        (v4) and frailty (v6). The spiritual lessons   of value are to be built in, as we find in
        are  evident.  Midian  symbolizes  strife   the teaching of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. The
        and gives us insight into how the Lord’s   Spirit equips and empowers each believer
        people suffer when harmony is disrupted   for the edifying of all, thereby building for
        by discord. Note that God’s method of   God in His assembly.
        salvation from such a tyrant is a man who,   No matter what the Lord does in our
        in humility (v15), worships at the altar of   lives, or what He expects us to do with
        the Lord’s peace (v24) and is clothed in the   our lives, as believers let us remember the
        Spirit of the Lord (v34). He blows a trumpet,   words to a man charged with building for
        sends messengers to gather the Lord’s   God in troublous times: “Not by might,
        people together (vv34-35), and in battle   nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the
        uses both trumpet and lamp (7:20) while   Lord of Hosts” (Zec 4:6).

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