The Hovering Spirit in Creation (Gen. 1:2)


By Daniel L. Sonnenberg

On Genesis 1:2, the Spirit’s care of the earth at creation.

“‘…the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.’ The verb [rahap] basically means ‘flutter fly’; it is used in Deuteronomy 32:11 to describe an eagle stirring up the nest, fluttering over its young. In much the same way, the unformed, lifeless mass of the watery earth was under the care of the divine Spirit, who hovered over it, ensuring its future development.”

Allen P. Ross, Creation & Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis, p. 107.

About Quote of the day:

How many books are on your shelves? If you’re like me, there are many. I wondered to myself this morning, what would encourage me to spend more time actually reading them – or at least portions of them – on a daily basis? The answer came, perhaps publishing a quote a day (thereabouts) from each book in turn on my blog. That might encourage me to read – or reread – and to enjoy – and to share – them with others. This is also a stimulus for me to write more often, as I’ve been wanting to do for some time.

So this is the first. The first book on my shelves; the first quote from that book. Some readers may find the quotes themselves illuminating. Others may find the books and/or their authors interesting and seek them out. Your comments are welcome below.

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:8-10)

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