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The Story behind the Story

“These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water…” Jude 1:12

Good Monday Morning to this week 39/2018

Clouds without water

Let’s take the metaphor “clouds without water.” A cloud in Scripture is often a symbol of divine presence. A pillar of cloud led the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

And the LORD came down in a cloud…

Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain…

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

Yeshua ascended to heaven in a cloud.

Thirsty for TORAH by Rabbi Ismar Schorsch

They traveled three days in the wilderness and found no water”, some mystically inclined Rabbis opined: “Water actually stands for Torah, as it is said (by Isaiah, 55:1),  All who are thirsty, come for water.’

Having gone for three days without Torah, the prophets among them stepped forth and legislated that the Torah should be read on the second and fifth days of the week as well as on Shabbat so that they would not let three days pass without Torah” .
Now let’s take this one step further. Let’s look at the root word for TORAH, yara. The verb yara means to throw cast or shoot, but is also connected to the act of raining.

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain. My speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (Deuteronomy 32:1-2)

What is the message transmitted through this comparison, comparing the Torah to rain and dew?

What is the difference between rain and dew?

Although the earth needs rain in order to sustain life, rain is not always appreciated. Rain can cause inconvenience. The traveler does not wish to battle inclement weather. A farmer whose harvested crops are still in the field is not pleased with a summer storm.

Dew does not have the life-sustaining power of rain. However, it is more appreciated. Dew provides moisture, without inconvenience.

Rain represents an activity with a long-term sustaining effect. Dew, in contrast, symbolizes activity providing immediate joy and benefit. He explains that the Torah combines the benefits of rain and dew. Like rain, Torah sustains life.

Through observance and study of the Torah we can achieve eternal life in the world to come. The Torah also has the quality represented by dew – immediate gain. We are not required to sacrifice happiness in this life. Instead, the Torah enhances our temporal existence in the material world.”

So what does this metaphor of clouds without rain mean?

Clouds without rain are those who have the appearance of God’s presence, His anointing (a cloud), but without having rain (TORAH)!

The Jewish philosopher Philo also expressed, the goal of any kind of instruction given by God is to be salvation, especially as human beings understand their limitations in light of His eternal holiness and perfection. And while it is most imperative for us to obey the Lord,  it drives us to the cross of Yeshua in confession and repentance,  seeing the Holy Spirit take up residence within us and transform us to be more like Him.

Therefore the Law (Torah) has become our tutor to lead us to Messiah, so that we may be justified by faith.” Therefore we stay i need for the (Torah).

We seek the dew and the rain for the days to come.

Wishing you a week filled with clouds with rain and accompanied with His dew.