Okay, I’m going to show my age here… Does anyone remember Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell singing “Both Sides Now”? I can’t legally give you the lyrics because it’s an illusion, you see. Worse yet, they really didn’t get into what clouds were all about because they really didn’t know… 🙂
But God knows them and used them throughout the Bible. Here are a few places and times where clouds played a significant role.
God told Noah that the rainbow in the clouds would remind Him of the covenant between Him and the earth (Gen.9:13)
A cloud covered the mountain where Moses was given the law the first time (Ex. 19:16) and when Moses received the law a second time (Ex. 34:5)
When the tabernacle was completed, a cloud covered it (Ex.40:34), and a cloud stood in the doorway of the tabernacle (Ex.33:9-10)
A cloud led the way when the Israelites broke camp and journeyed to the Promised Land (Num.9:17)
When the temple was dedicated, a cloud filled the Holy of Holies (1 Kings 8:10)
A cloud appeared when Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matt. 17:5)
After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven on a cloud (Acts 1:9)
When Jesus returns … we who remain alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever. (1 Thes. 4:17, NIV)
Maybe there’s a deeper reason we gaze at clouds from time to time. They symbolize God’s presence, His covenant with us, and His soon return! Though we can’t see clouds from both sides now, someday soon we will!
By Amre Cortadino
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