Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Have you ever tried to hold a bunch of clothes together by wrapping your arms around them so that nothing could fall out? Well, that is what the Spirit of God did when he moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 tells us, “. . . And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Now this is a special thing the Spirit of God did. As soon as God created the earth, He moved upon the face of the waters.

The word “moved” is a word that means “to quake or tremble.” In this verse it is in the intensive stem and means “to brood or hover over.” So here is what the Spirit of God did: He hovered over the newly created mass of material called the earth (which was a watery matrix), and moved as a means of holding it all together.


This is how Dr. Henry Morris describes it: “In modern scientific terminology, the best translation [for ‘moved’] would probably be ‘vibrated.’ . . . It is significant that the transmission of energy in the operations of the cosmos is in the form of waves – light waves, heat waves, sound waves, and so forth. In fact . . . there are only two fundamental types of forces that operate in matter—the gravitational forces and the forces of the electromagnetic spectrum. All are associated with ‘fields’ of activity and with transmission by wave motion . . . It is most appropriate that the first impartation of energy to the universe is described as the ‘vibrating’ movement of the Spirit of God Himself”

The Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. Now you know the real meaning of the word.

Remember – The Holy Spirit is our energizer, as well. He wants to move you and me toward the Lord.