How did people in the Bible deal with weather events? This session focuses on how God uses weather events to further His kingdom.
Perhaps there is no better indication of God's continuing presence shown in a weather event, than when God provided a pillar of cloud to guide the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 13:21). When God wanted Israel to rest in a certain place, the cloud rested on the tabernacle (Lev 16:2), at the door of the tabernacle (Exodus 33:9-10, Numbers 12:5) or it covered the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-38). Have you ever looked on in awe at a weather event? Have you ever felt the presence of God in a weather event?
Read Job 37 and 38, and note how many weather events are listed, their cause and/or purpose.
God sends rain for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:11-17), then sets a rainbow as a symbol that He will never again flood the earth (9:12)
God sends a plague of hail on the Egyptians - and Moses stops it! (Exodus 9: 13-26)
Winds blow away the plague of locusts (Exodus 10:19), and a plague of darkness falls on Egypt (10: 21-29)
Gideon experiments with condensation, as he observes dew on the fleece (Judges 6: 36-40)
Samuel prays for rain - and gets it (1 Samuel 12: 16-19)
Elijah taken to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11). Elijah and his protege, Elisha, knew all along it was going to happen; but everyone else thinks it is only a tornado and go looking for wherever it dropped Elijah (15-16) but Elisha tells them "I told you so!" (18).
Pouring rain cuts Ezra's policy speech to an unruly crowd short (Ezra 10:7-15)
Lightning kills Job's sheep and shepherds (Job 1:16) and a storm kills his family (1:18). God powers the wind, and decides when rain and storms will fall (28:23-27).
The wind breathes life into dry bones in Ezekiel's vision (Ezekiel 37:7-10)
Jonah on board causes a storm at sea (Jonah 1:1-16)
Jesus calms the storm (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-end, Luke 8:22-25)
Rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). What significance does this have for us today? Does this give us some consolation when bad things happen to good people?
"Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" (Mark 4:41). Jesus has already healed many people, but this is the first time he shows power over nature. Why does this make more of an impression on the disciples?