Gen.1:1,2 – Amp. – In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
God’s creation is loaded with beautiful images of our God. His creative genius and beauty is literally all around us. In today’s verse, actually the first verses of the Bible, God’s creation is seen from the concept of incubation. Just as a mother dove incubates her eggs, the Holy Spirit Dove incubated His creation.
Recently, a dove laid eggs just a few inches outside of our front door. We had to avoid using our front door in order not to disturb her. This dove would spend hours every day incubating her eggs. In the same way this verse pictures the heavenly dove “brooding” over creation anticipating the birth of this brand new world. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on this passage that describe this beautiful activity of the Holy Spirit.
“God’s Spirit gently vibrated.” The Syriac cognate word can mean “to incubate” or “to brood.” The Hebrew verb rachaph means “to flutter,” “to gently move,” “to hover over with gentle wavering,” or “to be relaxed (grow soft)” and describes the utmost care and affection of a mother eagle caring for her young. This word is also used for a bridegroom hovering over his bride. This same Holy Spirit overshadowed (brooded over) a virgin named Mary to bring his perfect man into the world. God’s Spirit danced over the waters on creation’s morning.”
In a similar way the Holy Spirit will flutter or brood over us. The Spirit of the Lord will cover us and begin to fill us with His with His creative ideas. Joel said that in the last days the Holy Spirit would come upon all mankind and flood their being with visions and dreams. He said that these visions and dreams would be especially prevalent in the sons and daughters. I believe the Spirit of God is being poured out today in unprecedented ways and we can expect unprecedented acts of God to mark this generation. Historically the Lord has used youth to effect the world. The Great Awakening was carried by a young twenty something year old preacher from England. The Welch revival was led by teenagers and young adults. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lord does the same thing again in this generation.