We have just been having a few days of rest beside the Mediterranean Sea. A raging three-day wind and rain storm made us conscious of the sound of the waters day and night, pounding against rocks, crashing against the shore. We stood fascinated but with a feeling of respect tinged with fear as we watched a point on the rocks one afternoon: the water whirled and was sucked out into the sea, making a shallow area that suddenly seemed attacked by mountains of waves, higher than any of the rest, that crashed and thundered in to refill the drained-out area. The sound of the pounding waves kept us awake between four and eight o’clock in the morning as the wind rose and water washed in gusts against our windows. The sound of many waters penetrated our consciousness with the realization of power, power that human beings can do nothing about. Here is the power that is connected with floods, tidal waves, and breaking dams, the power that gives sudden illustration of the frailness of human defenses. Water—the sound of power. Many waters—the sound of great power, which demands some kind of attention.
“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: and, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory” (Ezek. 43:1, 2). In describing the appearance of the living creatures he saw, which are to be seen in the future by many others, Ezekiel says this: “And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host …” (1:24). Again here the voice of God the Almighty is compared to the noise of waters. John in ...1
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