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Suncloud.wmf (23414 bytes)Did you ever look up at the clouds? What an infinite variety of sizes and shapes! Sometimes you can see mountains, or lambs skipping along, or maybe you see a face or you imagine a big monster! What is a cloud? A cloud is a collection of water droplets that you can see. There are many different kinds of clouds and clouds exist at many different altitudes or levels. Among the highest clouds are cirrus cloudsCwhite with delicate strings, patches or narrow fibers. The low, fluffy, clouds we see most often in the summer are cumulus clouds. These are usually a sign of good weather. Cumulonimbus clouds are the low clouds that sometimes bring thunderstorms. What can we learn from the clouds? Does God speak of the clouds in the Bible?

Kiddush1.wmf (5104 bytes)He most certainly does! The first mention of clouds in the Bible is in Genesis chapter 9. After the great flood in the days of Noah God put His bow (the rainbow) in the cloud. Noah might have become frightened when he saw the clouds again, thinking there would be another flood, but the rainbow was a reminder to Noah that God remembers to keep His promise never to destroy the entire earth in a flood. The rainbow in the cloud reminds us that God keeps His promises!

Cloudy.wmf (8808 bytes)We also find a cloud in the book of Exodus. God led His people, Israel, out of the land of Egypt, through the wilderness and into the promised land by a cloud in the day (by fire in the night). When the cloud moved, God=s people moved. When the cloud stopped, God=s people stopped. This was the cloud of God=s glory. God was with His people. The clouds remind us that God is ever present with His people to lead them and to guide them. Do we follow the clouds? No, but we follow God=s Word. It is the perfect Guide.Rainbow.wmf (2386 bytes)

In the book of Isaiah God says that He has blotted out, as thick cloud, our transgressions, and as a cloud, our sins AReturn to Me,@ He says, Afor I have redeemed you@ (Isaiah 44:22). When did God blot out our sins? At the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for our sins (2 Corinthians 15:3,4), for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Christ Jesus the Lord has paid the price in full of all our wrong doing. Christ died, the Just One for the unjust (He for us), that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 2:24). When we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our only God and Saviour we receive forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. Clouds remind us of sins forgiven. Are your sins forgiven? Have you turned to God from your self and your sin and put your trust in the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour?

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