Monday, February 6, 2012

The Mysterious "Cloud"

The buzz word in computing circles these days is "the Cloud."  Although I consider myself fairly computer-savvy, I don't believe I have ever really nailed down what the Cloud actually is.  In an article entitled "Cloud Computing:  What is the Cloud?", Novell.com's blog defines it this way:  "The cloud is a set of services and technologies that enable the delivery of computing services over the Internet in real-time, allowing end-users instant access to data and applications from any device with Internet access."  The mysterious Cloud enhances communication, file-sharing, and productivity via the Internet.

The Cloud we hear of today was not the first mysterious cloud, however.  In the book of Exodus, God used "the cloud" to lead the Israelites out of Egypt by day and to cover Mount Sinai, the "mountain of God," where he summoned Moses to give him the Ten Commandments.  Long before man communicated through the Cloud, God did.  Exodus 24:15-18 (NIV) tells us:
When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
According to www.blueletterbible.org, the word cloud occurs 107 times in 94 verses in the King James Version of the Bible. God used clouds to accomplish His wonders long before "the Cloud" was ever conceived in the technology realm.  Pretty cool, huh?  And now, because of all this wonderful technology, we have even greater opportunities to share His truth and hope with our neighbors around the world.  God still speaks "in the Cloud."

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