Q&A: DID HaRUACH EXIST WITHIN B’NEY YISRA’EL PRIOR TO SHAVUOT (PENTECOST)

I’ve been told by many in xianity that the Ruach HaKadosh (The Holy Spirit) was not given, or did not exist, prior to Shavuot. Have you ever heard that ridiculous claim? We have ample testimony to the contrary in HaTorah! First of all, we can say without a doubt that we have, since the very beginning of time existed only because of Elohim’s life-giving breath, through which He placed His Ruach (Spirit) into the first couple, giving them and the human race, life. Claiming that the Ruach HaKadosh was given only at Shavuot and that no Yisra’elite living prior to then had never received it, is simply absurd and would be tantamount to claiming that YHVH did not breath the breath of life into Adama and Chavah, nor did He have a Living Spirit!

Our Torah Parashah this week (Bamidbar – Nu. 8:1-12:6) clearly speaks to this issue:

(11:25) AND YHVH CAME DOWN IN A CLOUD, AND SPAKE UNTO HIM, AND TOOK OF THE SPIRIT THAT WAS UPON HIM, AND GAVE IT UNTO THE SEVENTY ELDERS; AND IT CAME TO PASS, THAT, WHEN THE SPIRIT RESTED UPON THEM, THEY PROPHESIED, AND DID NOT CEASE. (26) BUT THERE REMAINED TWO OF THE MEN IN THE CAMP, THE NAME OF THE ONE WAS ELDAD, AND THE NAME OF THE OTHER MEDAD: AND THE SPIRIT RESTED UPON THEM; AND THEY WERE OF THEM THAT WERE WRITTEN, BUT WENT NOT OUT UNTO THE TABERNACLE AND THEY PROPHESIED IN THE CAMP. (29) AND MOSHE SAID UNTO HIM, ENVIEST THOU FOR MY SAKE? WOULD EL THAT ALL YHVH’S PEOPLE WERE PROPHETS, AND THAT YHVH WOULD PUT HIS SPIRIT UPON THEM!

There are many important lessons for us in this Parashah, and the one above may not be the most important of them, but it needs to be clear in our mind that the Ruach Elohim is not a Xian, nor is it a Jewish person, but it is the Spirit that comes from the Heart of Elohim to ours, that draws us through the gateway of the sheep pen, into the Camp of Yisra’el; which is where we begin our Walk of Obedience to Him, only out of love for His ‘unspeakable gift’! Anything else is pure legalism and would be an abomination to our Creator.

Sha’ul