Friday, November 11, 2016

A Scriptural Fact

If you have been reading along with each blog, you know that we covered what happens to a person, when he/she dies, yesterday.  We established that when a person dies, he/she is without life, without immortality, without anything other than the shell of a body that has housed the wonderful gift of life, which God so freely bestows upon each individual that He has allowed to enter into the circle of life.

Line 5: “Therefore, when man dies, the breath goes back, into the hands of God and that is a Scriptural fact.”  

Well, let us see if indeed this is a scriptural fact. Ecclesiastes 12:7 reads, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

The first half of the verse confirms what was said yesterday in Psalms 104:29, “Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.”  Again, the Scriptures confirm that the body or corpse eventually returns to dust. Now what about this “spirit” thing spoken of by Ecclesiastes?

Let’s take a quick look at a couple of scriptures, which I believe explain/relate and/or translate spirit as breath.

1) Job 27:3 “All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils…” Job declares that the spirit of God is in his nostrils, seeming to imply that he is referring to his breath.

2) Isaiah 2:22 states, “Cease ye from man, whose breathe is in his nostrils:” Isaiah confirms that what is in the nostrils of man is the “breath” i.e. the spirit.

3) Lamentations 4:20 states, “The breath of our nostrils…” That sounds pretty conclusive to me.

From what I understand, and I hope that you will draw the correct conclusions,  also, is that the “spirit” referred to in the poem, which returns to God, is no more than the breath which was given when mankind was born. The only breath that can sustain a living creature is the “breath of God”. Now that’s a Scriptural fact.

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All Scriptures are taken from the KJV – King James Version Bible

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