The Voice of the Lord

While there are many phenomena associated with the Cloud (most are listed in Ps. 18:6-15), perhaps the most striking characteristic is the peculiar, unmistakable noise or voice: virtually every account mentions it. Depending on the situation, it can sound like wind, thunder, rushing water, a shout, a trumpet (or many trumpets), a marching army, the rumbling of chariot wheels across the heavens, or the fluttering and beating of wings (see the passages already cited; also Ezek. 3:12-13; 10:1-5; 2 Sam. 5:24; 2 Kings 7:5-7); and Ezekiel tells us that the sound, in fact, has its origin in the beating of the wings of the myriads of angels (Ezek. 1:24; 3:12-13). Consider the following description of the sevenfold Voice from the Cloud:

The Voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

The LORD is over many waters.

The Voice of the Lord is powerful,

The Voice of the Lord is majestic.

The Voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;

Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

And He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

And Sirion like a young wild ox.

The Voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire.

The Voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh [cf. Num. 16:19-33].

The Voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve,

And strips the forests bare.

And in His Temple everything says, "Glory!" (Ps. 29:3-9)

It was this Voice - an ear-splitting, earth-shattering roar— that Adam and Eve heard on their last day in the Garden: "And they heard the Voice of the LoRD God traversing the Garden . . . and they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the Garden" (Gen. 3:8; this is an impor tant text, and we will have to consider it in more detail in a later chapter).

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