Who Leads the Church
The church in the wilderness looked for God’s direction in the form of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. When the cloud moved it meant that the church in the wilderness needed to pack up and move with it. Nothing was ever able to get so set because over the 40 years that they were in the wilderness God continually moved them. The same has happened all through church history the only problem has been that when the cloud would move not all of God’s people would move with it. The Lutheran’s saw the cloud move but a lot of the Catholics didn’t – the Lutheran’s didn’t follow it when it moved with Anabaptist and the Anabaptist didn’t follow when it moved again and so on and so on and so on! Its like Christians move once in their lifetime and no more. The church in the wilderness moved several times during the 40 years they were in that wilderness. The moving cloud – I believe is the HEADSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST! So many Christians have followed it Corporately at least once in their life time and hold onto the memory of that experience often until the day they die. I don’t want this to be a one time corporate experience for me – I really desire it to be a lifelong corporate journey for myself and the brothers and sisters I meet with. I think it was Peter who wanted to make something out of the experience he witnessed at the transfiguration of Jesus Christ.
Mk 9:3-8 …..And Elijah (representing the Prophet’s), together with Moses (representing the Law), was seen by them, and they were conferring with Jesus. And answering, Peter is saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is ideal for us to be here! And we should be making three tabernacles: for Thee one, and for Moses one, and for Elijah one.” …… And there came a cloud overshadowing them. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, the Beloved. Hear Him!” And suddenly, looking about, they no longer perceived anyone, except Jesus only, with themselves. CLV
Again the cloud appears – along with the other two voices that God had used to lead the church in the wilderness – saying to Peter “THIS IS MY SON THE BELOVED – HEAR HIM!” And no longer was Moses “the Law” to be the voice of God and no longer was Elijah “the Prophet” to be the voice of the Lord and no longer is the cloud going to lead – These three represent all of scripture and All three were pointing to one! – and all Peter is left with is Jesus Christ and only His voice is who the church is to follow.
The fellowship that I meet with is listening for the true cloud to speak. We desire to follow where He will lead us – He has already gone ahead and prepared the way and now we hear Jesus calling to us and saying come. What does this “Come” mean? It means change. What kind of change? We won’t look to Moses to find out nor we we look to the Prophets to tell us – I guess we will find out the same way they did we listen and follow the real cloud of God – Jesus Christ.