The First We Knew of the Holy Spirit
Genesis 1:2 – The Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters. (He was waiting to start His work on Earth.)
6:3 – The Spirit will not contend with man more than 120 years. (Joseph Prince makes the point that this is because the seed of man – at that time- was contaminated by the spirits who were “marrying” women.)
Psalm 104: 30 – When the Spirit is sent He refreshes the earth and animals are born.
Job 33: 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (NIV)
34: 14 + 15 If He withdrew His breath all mankind would perish.
Having been a Christian a long time I have to admit that I was surprised when I started this study in the series Passover to Pentecost (see the tags at the top of the page). I briefly touched on the topic of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. It was interesting to see that there are at least seventy references to the Spirit and His work in the Old Testament.
The above verses reflect His work before His part in the birth of Jesus. They are very much the shadow of His work after the Day of Pentecost, which is giving life to the Church and bringing people to glorify Jesus.