The more I study Scripture, the more I am impressed with the parallels between the Old Testament and the New. Many, many times the New Testament repeats, rewords, further explains the Old Testament!
Today’s Lesson on the “Holy Spirit” provides an example.
“Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” Wisdom speaking in Proverbs 1:23, Wisdom as an attribute of Almighty God.
Now Jesus, God the Son, in John 16:13. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.”
Yes, parallel for sure!
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, the Communicator of Truth.
Notice the first verb Solomon uses, God uses, in the Proverbs text. “Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” The “will pour out” translation utilizes “naba” from the Hebrew language. It is “causative” in nature, there being a “reason” God does this! This whole “outpouring” is caused by God in Heaven! His idea! His strength involved! His intelligence! Furthermore the idea of “time” built into the verb is that of “duration.” God is still pouring out His Spirit!
The word “naba” means “to flow, to gush, to bubble,” and once in the King James Version “to belch out.” The word only occurs 11 times in the whole Bible.
God’s “Spirit” here is again represented by the noun “ruach,” God’s very Breath! The Spirit is God! Our Triune God.
And once the Spirit has been deluged … “knowledge” comes! “Will make known” is “yada” in Hebrew, with God again causing this education to occur. The God Who teaches is the God Who facilitates our enlightenment, our illumination, our very learning!
No real internalizing and understanding of the word of God occurs … apart from the ministry of the sweet Holy Spirit.
Cause and effect.
The Holy Spirit … then learning God’s Words.
No wonder the Psalmist prayed to the Lord: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18
— Dr. Mike Bagwell