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The Voice That Answers Our Fear

The Voice That Answers Our Fear

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BY REV. W. M. CLOW, B.D.



" While he thus spake, there came a cloud and overshadowed them :
and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a
voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son ; hear Ilim."-
LUKE ix. 34, 35.
BY REV. W. M. CLOW, B.D.



" While he thus spake, there came a cloud and overshadowed them :
and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a
voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son ; hear Ilim."-
LUKE ix. 34, 35.

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THE VOICE THAT ASWERS OUR FEAR BY REV. W. M. CLOW, B.D." While he thus spake, there came a cloud and overshadowed them :and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came avoice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son ; hear Ilim."-LUKE ix. 34, 35.WHE Jesus was born in Bethlehem a strange starshone in the heavens. When He was crucified inJerusalem three hours of darkness cast their gloomover His cross. When He arose from the deadan angel in shining garments sat within His tomb.How significant and how fitting are these heavenlysigns the unknown star, the brooding darkness,the deathless angel ! When Jesus was transfigured,and the glory of God shone in His face, and menlooked into the infinite and transcendent, so farbeyond their power to understand, there came thissymbol of the overshadowing cloud. With theenveloping cloud there came a fear. While theyfeared, the voice spake, " This is My beloved Son."This is no single and isolated experience. Godis always making Himself known to men. He isstill letting men see His glory. As often as Godmakes a fresh revelation to any human soul there2 3 o THE SECRET OF THE LORDare these three things, the cloud, the fear, and thevoice that answers the fear. Let us consider theirsignificances.I. In the first place : the significance of the cloud.
 
The cloud in the usage of Scripture is always thesymbol of the veil. It always veils a glory toogreat for mortal ken. It curtains off a sight tooawful for human eyes. It marks the truth thatthe finite cannot comprehend the infinite. It isused to temper a vision to eyes that the visionmight blind. There is a glory into which theangels may not look, and they veil their faces withtheir wings. When any sight would be too dreadful for the gaze of men it is always veiled fromthem by a cloud.Mark how universal is the use of the cloud asthe sign and veil of a sacred mystery. WhenAbraham came out of Ur of the Chaldees, Godwas only a dim-figured word to him. The daycame when God made him a more intimate revelation, and came nearer to him, and gave him a newname and a larger promise, and then there wasseen the cloud. When Jacob rose into a higherknowledge of God he lay down to sleep at Bethel.When the darkness was spread over its stony hillside he beheld God again, and knew it to be theHouse of God. But it was while the cloud wascovering him over that God drew near. WhenMoses went up into the mountain to learn God sTHE VOICE THAT ASWERS OUR FEAR 231new name, " the Lord, the Lord God, gracious andmerciful, long-suffering and abundant in goodnessand in truth," he entered into a cloud. Thosewho looked up into the mountain saw it coveredwith that cloud which tempered the sight of God.When Elijah stood in his tent door at Horeb thecloud again shrouded the near presence of the MostHigh. When Isaiah went up to the holy place, in
 
the year that king Uzziah died, he looked and sawin his vision the throne high and lifted up, but ashe prostrated himself, the smoke filled the temple,and from behind that cloud he heard the voicesthat cried, " Holy, holy, holy." He had learnedhow infinitely high and unalterable is the righteousness of God. Right down through all the record tothat cloud which received Jesus out of men s sight,it is the symbol of that veil which God hangsbetween men s eyes and His own wonderfulness,and out of which men hear the voice. Here onthe Mount of Transfiguration, when the glory of Godis to be seen on the face of Jesus Christ, and thetravail of His soul is to be disclosed, and a newand dazzling truth is to be revealed to men, Godcomes with a cloud.There is always the cloud when a new revelationis to be given. ever is God about to reveal Himself in some new loveliness hitherto withholden, orto speak to men some renewing or unforgettableword, or to lead them up into some hitherto inaccessible height of duty, but the cloud falls upon232 THE SECRET OF THE LORDthem, and, with the cloud, the fear. It is not alwaysa mist that covers a mountain top, or a darknesswhich blots out the blue sky and the friendly stars,or a smoke which fills the house of God. Thesesympathetic signs of nature and these outwardsymbols are still seen. We often think that it isupon some night of inky darkness that our sorrowshang like a pall upon us. We think that it is uponsome day of storm that the storm falls upon ourlives. The poets have interpreted these sympatheticsymbols of nature by their instinctive sense of whatis fitting. King Lear comes to the height of his

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