By Way of Clouds
Moses was a friend of God’s. God spoke to him face-to-face, intimately. When Moses returned from the mountain with the Ten Commandments written on the tablets by God, the people were found to be dancing and singing around an idol, a calf made from their gold, melted down and reformed. God became intensely angered by His people. Moses was angry as well, yet he wanted reconciliation between God and His people.
Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Exodus 33:8-10
For years, I have pondered this sight…of the people seeing the pillar of cloud and standing at their own tent door, worshipping. They saw God come down and surround the tent with Moses in it. They knew this pillar of cloud from their past experience…God had led them through the wilderness by the pillar of cloud and stopped them for rest by the pillar of fire. They understood this and thus they watched and worshipped. They knew they had done wrong, were sinners, and had not surrendered all to God. They wanted to be reconciled to God, but knew they could not go directly to God themselves.
Moses was their mediator.
God sees our sin and asks us to lay it down, all of it. The Israelites may have laid some things down but, as we know, some of those little things (those little things we tend to overlook and not call ‘sins’) stay in our hands with a tight grip. God wants everything that comes between us and Him.
In the Old Testament, God called His people to give their burdens over to Him:
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
God sent His Son as the Sacrifice for our sins. The Blood of Jesus was shed for me and for you. We carry the sinful nature of mankind. God wants our all in surrender. We are to cast our burdens upon Him and get under His yoke with Him.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
Jesus is our Mediator, our Intercessor.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:3-6
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of kings on earth. To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen. Revelation 1:4-7
Father, clouds are with us most days. May they be a reminder of Your Presence and the Sacrifice You made for us…for me. May I not forget. I know I hold sin as if they mean so very little, but they lie between You and me. They hinder my relationship with You. I place them at the foot of the Cross and ask for Your forgiveness through Your Son’s shed Blood for me. Teach me Your ways that I would not sin against You, my Father. Hold me near, that Your Love will permeate my being and make me whole. You have not called me to impurity but to holiness and that is my strongest desire, LORD. May this be so. May I see a cloud and sense Your Presence in my very life. I am so very grateful. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.