Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Listen to the Cloud Maker

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35 (NASB)

I am the bread of life. John 6:48 (NASB)

Alright now get your heads out of the clouds and come down from the mountain, but keep your hearts and ears open for the voice of the Lord as we walk through Mark's words from the eighth and ninth chapters. 

The Transfiguration transpired. Jesus radiated exceedingly bright light as He stood beside Old Testament leaders, Elijah and Moses—visualize this scene as proof of an Almighty God. From an all-consuming cloud, the disciples heard God’s voice telling them to listen to His Son. The Lord desired for them to hear His words proclaimed from the mouth of the One walking beside them. I like to think He also reminded them of the previous nuggets of revelation Jesus gave them prior to ascending Mt. Tabor. Listen with your own ears as we touch on matters the disciples missed.

Before Jesus transfigured on the mountain, He and His disciples traveled back and forth upon the Sea of Galilee visiting various villages surrounding the water. Earlier while in the Decapolis region, Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 4000 people with seven large baskets full of leftovers. Later arriving in the district of Dalmanutha, He contended with Pharisees who demanded a sign from heaven. Jesus grieved deeply because their righteous pretense prevented an understanding of Him as the perfect sign of a loving God sent from heaven. They overlooked His sovereignty, interested only in rules and regulations. 

Are we caught up in legalism, missing the One before us? God desires for us to wear His righteousness rather than putting on our righteous religious activity. Through the ages God has told His people to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). Beware of those who redirect God’s truth and cause us to become confused and distracted by man’s truth.

Hopping back in the boat with His disciples, Jesus attempted to explain this leaven (which means sin) of the Pharisees to His disciples. He yearned for them to understand how the Pharisees reroute His truth for their truth. All the while the disciples focused solely on the lack of bread in their boat, forgetting how Jesus miraculously fed thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and fish. Physical neediness overpowered spiritual receptiveness. 

Jesus’ spirit lamented because His followers didn’t seem to understand that the Breadwinner sat before them. They chose instead to concentrate on the lack of bread. He joined their conversation with a barrage of challenges, provoking their memory of two specific times when He performed miracles of feeding huge crowds with a small supply of bread and fish. Don’t you see, can’t you hear, and do you remember were His questions to them. Their answers were brief and lacked depth. 

Are we missing the Bread of Life who supplies all our needs by centering on our lack of material goods? Do we allow our circumstances of death and detachment to grow large before our eyes, obstructing the view of our Life Provider? Do our situations become so loud that we miss the silent Presence of our All-Powerful God? Jesus desires for us to trust Him when life gets complicated. Didn’t He feed 4000 people who were hungry? 

When the disciples and their Teacher arrived upon the shore of Bethsaida, people brought a blind man to Jesus. Twice Jesus laid hands upon this man’s eyes, ultimately restoring his sight. A miracle performed right before the disciples’ eyes about seeing clearly. Did they see and understand yet the God-man before them?

As the disciples and Jesus continued traveling on foot, He questioned His disciples saying, “Who do people say that I am?” Some of their answers included John the Baptist and various prophets. 

He continued by asking fervently, “But who do you say that I am?” Daily He walked miles and traveled stormy seas with these guys. What would be their answer?

Peter immediately spoke up and said, “You are the Christ!” to which Jesus responded with descriptions of His impending death and resurrection as Savior of the world. He laid out His earthly mission which caused Peter to rebuke Him. Jesus' details of salvation didn't match the dreams of a Jewish Messiah. 

Looking around at all of His disciples, Jesus’ responded immediately to Satan who used Peter to speak. Jesus rebuked Satan for setting his mind on human interests instead of the acts of God. Then He explained the need to deny self, sacrifice earthly concerns, and follow Him. 

Six days later Jesus’ transfiguration took place, giving three of His disciples a stunning example of His power. And when the cloud gathered around them, God’s voice told them to listen to Jesus, to observe and hear with understanding His teachings.

Consider your life for a moment. Have you experienced God’s faithfulness and now find yourself in season of trouble and doubt? Maybe you’ve never known of His love and mercy. Possibly the shadows of life’s anxieties appear to be engulfing you.  

What do you do when clouds gather? Is your vision and hearing muddled by gray clouds? Do you stare up in fear as dark clouds converge? Take time to stop, look, and listen for the voice in the clouds. He’s there. 

Prepare to return next week clothed in hiking gear. We’re going back up the mountain away from distractions to sit at the feet of our Helper. Ready your heart, open your eyes, and tune your ears to the Father and His voice. Listen......

For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” John 6:33 (NASB)

I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:51 


  1. Excellent Debbie. God's Spirit in surly in the clouds of your writings. There is much meat here for spiritual health.