Masses of water vapor suspended in the air. Seasonally limited and encountered as harbingers of life-giving rains in winter, clouds were perceived as an awesome manifestation of divine power by the Canaanites and ancient Israelites. The Ugaritic texts call the storm god Baal “Cloud Rider.” Israel applied the same title to God (Ps 68:5). The book of Exodus reports that by day a cloud pillar represented Yahweh and guided the Israelites during the wilderness march (Exod 13:21). A cloud at the Jerusalem Temple manifests the presence of Yahweh (1Kgs 8:10-11). In the NT the voice of God comes from a cloud (Mark 9:7), and a cloud masks the departure from earth of Jesus (Acts 1:9).

Ps 68:5

5Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.

Exod 13:21

21The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they mig ... View more

1Kgs 8:10-11

10And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord,11so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; ... View more

Mark 9:7

7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

Acts 1:9

9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

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