THE THEME OF THIS DEVOTION IS:
THE CLOUD AND THE THIRD DAY SPEAK TO DEEP ASPECTS OF THE NEW COVENANT, EMBEDDED IN THE TORAH AND DISPLAYED IN THE LIFE OF OUR LORD YESHUA. THE NEW COVENANT SPEAKS SPECIFICIALLY TO THE INTERIOR DIMENSION OF THE TORAH WHICH WAS GIVEN AT SINAI AND WHICH IS UNFOLDED TO US IN THIS LATTER AGE OF THE WORLD. WE EXPERIENCE THE REVELATION’S INNER REALITY THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH AND THE GIVING OF THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER TO US, THE BLESSED PARACLETE, THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS THE “DIVINE PRESENCE” OF GOD ABIDING IN US ETERNALLY AND UNITERRUPTED.
PRINCIPLE TORAH TEXT: EXODUS 19:9,
VA’YOMER YHVH [ADONAI] EL-MOSHE
And the LORD said to Moses
HINEI ANOCHI BA EY’LEI’CHA B’AV HEH’A’NAN
Behold! I (Myself) am coming to you in a thick cloud
BA’AVUR YISH’MA HA’AM B’DAB’RI IM’MACH
so that the people may hear (attentively) when I speak with you
VE’GAM-BE’CHA YA’AMI’NU LEY’OLAM
and also (so that) they may believe you forever.
[Technically: “and also (so that) in you (or by you or even with you) they may believe forever.”
I read this to indicate that the faith of the people of Israel is a mediated faith from God through Moses into his people.*
This itself is a foreshadowing that our faith is the faith of Yeshua [the Prophet “like unto” Moses, who is the fore-type of King Messiah] imparted to us inwardly by the Spirit of revelation through the knowledge of Him, our LORD.—cp. Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God.” This expression is literally (in Greek) “exhete pistin theou”—”have faith OF God”—that is, “the faith of God operating through you by his indwelling Spirit”—1 Corinthians 12:9 with Romans 12:3 etc. This faith is produced by “hearing (so as to obey) the (uttered) word^ of God.”
Thus, as we abide in Messiah, his indwelling presence operates in us to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit as we walk by faith (the breathed Word of God in us) and not by sight (our own natural reasoning and intuition).]
The thick cloud in which God descended on Mount Sinai speaks to the Mysterious Manifestation of the Divine Presence in the natural world. This is the Presence that led the children of Israel by day in the wilderness, except that the regular manifestation of the Cloud was not apparently seen with the same thick darkness by which it appeared in this instance.
The third day speaks to us of the day of Resurrection particularly. On that day God in Messiah made himself known to all of humanity through the witness of the Gospel (Acts 17). We in our time can now look back to the Torah and see that the meaning of these things was present in the events of Sinai, though in a picture. And we can discern that God had an inner meaning to the external workings of the Exodus of Israel that applies to the Human Sanctuary of the Inner Man, the Heart (Spirit) of a Human being. In effect this hidden application has to do with the purifying of your spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and your consecration—wholly and in every particular—to God. Through the New Birth (John 3:3) we enter the eternal dimension of God’s Torah, the Perfected and Newer Covenant of God in the Body and Blood of the Son of God. (Book of Hebrews)
[* For this reason, Jews can never be expected to abandon the Torah of Moses but instead can be expected to actualize its fulness through the Messiah’s transformative work in the eternal realm of the human heart as described in this commentary. (cf. Acts 21:20 with Revelation 15:3) Because of these things, the Gospel of Messiah is “to the Jew first”; it is theirs first because Messiah’s transformational working is the lineal inheritance of His Brethren, God’s Torah-instructed and consecrated People.
^ “uttered word’ is rhema, Romans 10:17. Yeshua said to us that The Holy Spirit would actually teach us all things concerning Himself. This means that we are to “hear what the Spirit is saying” to us by ongoing and direct impartation—cf. John 16:13 with Revelation 2-3).]