I’ve been fascinated by the low clouds over the East Coast lately. I don’t remember a time when low clouds appeared so frequently. These low clouds create a very eerie ambience.
Several months ago I even saw a lady pull her car over, get out, and take photos of the low and eerie clouds of that day. I have heard people comment about the low clouds, and make Facebook posts about them. This is not to even mention the freakish tornadoes that have occurred in the past year and a half in America in areas not known for tornadoes. Let’s not forget that a tornado is a cloud that actually comes all the way down and touches the ground. More on tornadoes in a future post, but now back to the clouds.
In a previous post entitled, “Wild Animals in the Cities: A Sign of Judgment,” I noted my belief that God has already begun his judgment of America. We have earned his judgment by defiantly wiping any mention of him from our public schools, and public squares, and because sin is now enthusiastically celebrated in America. With this in mind, the low clouds of recent years are worrisome because of a certain Bible verse about clouds.
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. – Nahum 1:3
This verse from Nahum brings to mind what Iraqi citizens did after the Saddam Hussein statue was toppled in Baghdad in 2003. In the Middle East, touching someone with the bottom of your shoe equates them with the dust under your feet. It’s an insult.
So, when Saddam’s statue fell, that’s exactly what people did. They hit it with the bottoms of their shoes. Now, when the Bible says in Nahum 1:3 that clouds are the dust of God’s feet, and I see the clouds getting lower all the time, I get concerned. I do not want to be tread underfoot by God!
When God came in the flesh, as Jesus Christ, he came as a Middle Easterner. God presented the scriptures to us through the Jews, a Middle Eastern people, and he gave the Jews the nation of Israel, a Middle Eastern land. So, we must take care to read the Bible with a Middle Eastern perspective, not a Western perspective! Looking at the Bible from a Middle Eastern perspective, we see echoes (and probably the origin) of the shoe insult.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” – Exodus 3:5-6
Looking at Nahum 1:3 from the perspective of a Middle Easterner, instead of the Westerner that I am, I am more convinced than ever that America is undergoing the judgment of God.
So, clouds seem to be getting lower all the time, and the Bible equates clouds with the dust of God’s feet, and Middle Eastern culture construes the dust of one’s feet as an insult. America has worked so hard at insulting God, I certainly would not blame him for returning the favor.
As a nation, we need to repent and turn back to God, lest we end up being squashed like a bug under his feet, because that’s exactly what we’re headed for.
I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath… – Isaiah 63:3
I trampled the nations in my anger… – Isaiah 63:6
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