“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Some translations render the verse above to say, “and man became a living soul.” The Hebrew word נפש nefesh is most often translated as “soul” and refers to the life force and vitality that exists within those beings that live. The nefesh residing within us came from the source of life, the Creator of all things who, when He created us, did so with a specific purpose in mind.
Knowing this, we must conclude that without His Presence — His Breath — in our lives, we may exist but we won’t really live. In other words, if we are not walking in His purpose — and we cannot do that if we are not led by His Spirit — then we are walking through an existence but not really living a life as He intended. Further evidence of this concept is found in the book of Ezekiel when the Creator prophesied to Israel:
“I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live.” (Ezekiel 37:14)
It is His Will that we all be filled with His Spirit and imbued with life. May it be our will to aspire to more than just existing and long to be “a living soul.”
Blessings and Shalom,