Chapter 15 Meanings

The Dark Cloud

Only when Adam first crosses into the high country does he realize he has been in a dark cloud all his life. This depicts the spiritual darkness of the world. Unbelievers hate the light because it exposes their sin (John 3:19-20). The result is they live in the darkness and are blinded by that darkness (1 John 2:11).

Later, darkness descends on the group whenever someone in the group sins in secret. This illustrates how even believers can bring darkness upon themselves by imitating the way unbelievers live. This is why Scripture calls us to live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).

The Weapons of the Wind

The weapons given by the wind represent the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I portray them as weapons in the story because spiritual gifts are the primary tools by which the Church carries out its work. And the Bible depicts the Church as being at war with the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18).

EXCERPT

“The lowlands are under a cloud. … You can’t see the cloud while you’re in it. It’s only visible from the light.” -p.123

QUESTION 1

What is the significance of the terms “darkness” and “light” in describing the world and the kingdom of God? See Colossians 1:13; Romans 13:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14.

MY ANSWER

Light represents both righteousness and truth. Darkness stands for evil and deception/confusion. Light exposes reality; darkness hides it.

EXCERPT

“When people eat fruit, they prefer to do it in the dark. They value privacy above all because they believe it gives them freedom. The more people seek privacy, the more the atmosphere itself grants that privacy. Every year, the cloud in the lowlands grows darker. It’s one reason so few people ever escape the orchard. They hate the light.” -p.123

QUESTION 2

What is currently hidden in darkness that Jesus will expose? See 1 Corinthians 4:5.

MY ANSWER

My motives

QUESTION 3

What is it about the darkness that results in ungodly actions? See Ephesians 5:8-14. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8. In practical terms, what can a person do to walk in light rather than darkness?

MY ANSWER

When we live in darkness (privacy), so no one sees our actions, or we’re alone without accountability too much, sin flourishes.

EXCERPT

“Do not mistake ease for guidance,” Watson said. “The best path is seldom the smoothest.”-p.124

QUESTION 4

If the best path isn’t always the smoothest (See Matthew 7:13-14), how does one discern God’s guidance? See Psalm 23:3. When is it okay to take the smoother path? Compare Acts 9:24-25 with Acts 21:12-13.

MY ANSWER

God guides us in paths of righteousness. When making decisions, any path that involves unrighteousness (whether it be in motives, attitudes, or actions), that is not the way God is guiding. If there is no unrighteousness involved, we can be assured we are in God’s will, regardless of the outcome.

Paul’s decision to escape those who were after him in ch.9 did not involve unrighteousness. But avoiding Jerusalem in ch.21 would have, because it would have meant he was putting his own safety ahead of his calling and the work of the gospel.

EXCERPT

“It still hurts, but I feel strong. Abigail was right about the cottage piece. The healing power in that thing is unbelievable.”-p.124

QUESTION 5

How might one experience spiritual healing without any decrease in pain? See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.