Nuggets – Dark Waters and Thick Clouds

Dark Waters and Thick Clouds “And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.” (2 Samuel 22:11-12)

This mysterious passage in David’s song of deliverance (also in Psalm 18) is usually classified by commentators as mere poetic hyperbole. However, it may also be taken literally, if we only assume that David was translated by the Holy Spirit (who “spake by me”—2 Samuel 23:2) far back in time to the great Flood, seeing in vision the Lord in great power unleashing the mighty waters of judgment on a corrupt world, yet delivering Noah through it all. David had a similar vision when he wrote Psalm 29, which speaks explicitly of the Noahic Flood (Hebrew mabbul, v. 10).

In our text above, the Hebrew word for “wind” is the same as “spirit,” so this phrase could refer to “the wings of the Spirit.” In the Bible’s first reference to “the Spirit of God” (Genesis 1:2), He is seen as “moving” in the presence of the primeval waters, the word being the same as that for the fluttering movement of the wings of a great bird. This vibrating motion implies the generating of mighty waves of energy flowing out from the Spirit to energize the newly created cosmos of Genesis 1:1. Similarly, the divine energy emanates again from the Spirit here at the Flood, but this time in destructive rather than creative power.

The references to waters and darkness in these and nearby verses may well refer to the condensation and precipitation of the extensive canopy suggested by the “waters which were above the firmament” (Genesis 1:7), when great torrents of rain suddenly poured through “the sluiceways of heaven,” continuing at highest intensity for 40 days, then at lesser intensity for 110 more days, until the “thick clouds” were emptied and the great Flood covered the whole earth. HMM

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2 Responses to Nuggets – Dark Waters and Thick Clouds

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God He does all things well – for a purpose – His.
    Thanks Pastor,, PEP for the sharing.

  2. People Empowerment Project says:

    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

    I’m not a Greek language specialist, but I’ve heard it said in certain cases that when a verse is transliterated from the ancient tongue to modern language, that some concepts may be misunderstood, such as, in the case of this verse, if the true meaning is an ongoing revitalization or regenerative thought. In other words, it is possible that what Paul had in mind may have been, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is becoming a new creature.” or “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is part of a new creation.” The first indicates a progressive series of events, leading to a new set of circumstances. The second indicates that what God had (has) in mind for the one in Christ is completely new, unadulterated, and free from the fall of Adam, since the new dependency is on the Second Adam.

    Either way, the POWER by which He makes this happen is not to be taken lightly, in the same way the flood of destruction and the new generation of life through the family of Noah, and the revitalization of all life through them, albeit still fallen, as in Adam, subsequently made completely new by those who call upon the Name of the Lord, in sincerity and in truth.

    All who deem this course of events to be as impotent as it comes across at times have simply found “religion” when He came to offer so much more. For that matter, even our enemy helps form religions, does he not? Thank God, through His Son, that life came to displace religions of every type. Even the so-called “Christian” ones.

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