The wind is a common element of the phenomenon of the weather.

The Bible sheds much light and understanding on the source and the purpose of the invisible wind. The wind didn’t ‘just happen.’

The Hebrew word for ‘wind’ is Ruach which has several very significant meanings including ‘breath,’ ‘spirit,’ ‘breeze,’ and ‘cool.’

Ruach is first found in the early chapters of Genesis.

“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit (ruach) of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2

And then God began the six days of creation to make the earth ready for man to live there.

Subsequently, after Adam and Eve experienced their guilt for their sin of disobedience, they heard the sound of God.

“And they heard the sound (voice) of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool (breeze) (ruach) of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God…” Genesis 3:8

Thus in these two verses we note that ruach is used as Spirit and breeze.

A great truth is also revealed, i.e. Adam and his wife attempted to hide from God when they became aware of their sin. The truth is that no man can come to God unless He draws him.

Progressing to the time of Noah, God made a strong wind to decrease the waters of the flood at the precise time.

“…And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” Genesis 3:8b

Note that God made the wind for a specific purpose.

Now we’ll focus on other examples of ruach. God made the wind and totally controlled it.

Recall the eighth plague that God brought on Egypt when Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites.

“So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind on the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.” Exodus10:13

Pharaoh entreated Moses to remove the plague and God did, knowing that Pharaoh would harden his heart and refuse to let the people.

“And the LORD turned a very strong west wind; which took the locust away and blew them into the Red Sea.” Exodus 10:19

Thus, God brought an east wind and subsequently turned a west wind.

Then when the children of Israel were finally set free, they came to the Red Sea.

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land…” Exodus 14:21

We’ll speak much about the ‘east wind’ later.

Subsequently the Psalmist spoke of God’s sovereignty over the wind.

“For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.” Psalm 107:25

The prophets also spoke of God’s creation and control of the wind.

“For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind…the LORD God of hosts is His name.” Amos 4:14

“He makes lightning for the rain, He brings the wind out of His treasuries.” Jeremiah 10:13b

And in the New Testament, Jesus had total control of the wind.

“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat…then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace,’ be still!’ And the wind ceased…” Mark 4:37, 39

Recall the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended from heaven.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

The Greek word for ‘wind’ in this verse is pnoe meaning not only ‘wind,’ but also ‘spirit’ and ‘breath.’

Therefore, it is God who created the wind and controls it.

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