The Great Cloud and Us
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1
This verse and in particular the phrase ‘great cloud of witnesses’ has been on my heart, and I sense that there is something vital to see here.
The phraseology used with the word cloud, seems to tie into the literal for means of understanding. In scripture rain is seen as a blessing, as something that imparts life to earth.
There is a cycle found in nature that we can glean from. Water due to heat from the sun evaporates and rises, where it cools and condenses forming clouds. When these clouds reach a saturation point the moisture is released allowing it to return once again to the earth. This cycle is repeated over and over.
The Living Word is compared to Living Water, and this Living Water can also be likened to the Holy Spirit. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses through the Spirit; those who have through the ages went before us. There is indeed an oneness with them all on a plane of Spirit. They like us are longing for a completion, and we deeply benefit from their walk.
This is the oneness of Zion, where we find each of us bring something to the table, and this is in and through the work of our Lord, and His life formed within us.
“Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest.” Isaiah 32:15
Although we may not see this, it is very true.
“And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.” ~ Hebrews 11:39, 40
The key to see here is they are not apart from us, this is the oneness we experience in Zion. Just as the water cycle indicates this, the Holy Spirit flows through Zion, we are enriched by our predecessors, as they are enriched by each of us. The veil that separates us is diminishing, and will vaporize, this is a day to eagerly press into, for this is our Fathers heart.
“So rejoice, O sons of Zion, and be glad in the LORD your God; for He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, the early and latter rain as before.” ~ Joel 2:23
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
~ John 7:38
May it be so Father, may it be so.