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Cloud, Pillar of

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The means by which God led Israel through the wilderness with His presence and still hid Himself so they could not see His face. By day Israel saw a pillar of cloud, while by night they saw a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21-22 ). The night before the Exodus, the cloud gave light to Israel but darkness to the Egyptians so they could not come near one another (Exodus 14:19-20 ). God came down to speak to Israel in the cloud during crisis times (Numbers 11:25 ; Numbers 12:5 ). Coming to the tabernacle in the cloud, God spoke to Moses face to face (Exodus 33:11 ; Numbers 14:14 ). Paul used the protection of the cloud theme to warn Christians that living under God's presence calls for holy living (1 Corinthians 10:1-14 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Cloud, Pillar of'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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