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The Four Winds and the Voice of God
Clarence E. Macartney
We rarely think about the wind except on a cold winter
day when it smites us in the face, or at the end of a
close, sultry day when it caresses our check with its
soft and cooling breath. What is the wind? Who knows?
Where does the wind come from? And when it passes us,
where does it go?
All through the Bible you can hear the sound of the
wind; sometimes its gentle evening sigh and sometimes
the roaring whirlwind. The wind appeared first after
the Flood, when God "remembered Noah" and made a wind
to pass over the earth-"and the waters assuaged." A
mighty wind opened a path through the Red Sea for the
children of Israel, and another wind brought the sea
back in its might and overwhelmed Pharaoh and his
chariots. "Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea
covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters."
David marched to battle against the Philistines when
he heard the sound of the wind, the "sound of a going
in the tops of the mulberry trees." It was a great
wind from the wilderness which smote the four corners
of the house where Job's sons and daughters were
eating and drinking, and buried them in its ruins. At
the word of the Lord, Ezekiel prophesied unto the wind
in the valley of dry bones-"Come from the four winds,
O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may
live. . . . And they stood up upon their feet, an
exceeding great army." At the end of our Lord's Sermon
on the Mount you can hear the winds blow and beat upon
that house which was built on the sand; and it fell,
"and great was the fall of it."
On that memorable night when Nicodemus came to see
Jesus-perhaps at his favorite resort, the Garden of
Gethsemane-as they were talking together the evening
wind sprang up. To Nicodemus, perplexed about the
mystery of the new birth, Jesus said, "Listen,
Nicodemus! Do y ...
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