Introduction to Torah (Part 3)
What is the Holy Spirit?
The Hebrew word for Spirit is “ruach.” It is composed of a resh, a vav, and a chet. The word itself literally means “wind” or “moving air.”
This of course paints a specific picture for us. “Ruach” includes an idea of an unseen power. For example, wind is not seen, but you can see the effects of wind.
Thus, “ruach” can be used for YHWH, or it can be used for spiritual beings, or it can even be used for emotions, such as the spirit of anger, or the spirit of lust…as emotions inside of us are not seen, but we can see the effects of our emotions in our behavior.
In other words, something that is “ruach” can cause something to occur, but we cannot necessarily see the cause itself…it is hidden from us.
The Holy Spirit is then the Set Apart unseen force sent from God.
From 119 Ministries: Torah Quick Reference Guide