It's hard to imagine how something that looks like a consuming fire from the ground could actually be a cloud, unless the Israelites thought the cloud indicated there was a fire up there somewhere. If it looked like a fire, Moses had to be brave to go up there, even if God was calling.
In any event, we have the glory of God looking like a cloud and looking like a consuming fire. Fire and cloud are both signs of God's glory and guidance in Exodus (see Exodus 3:1 and 14:19). And, as in our last post, it is another occasion when the voice of God came from a cloud.
So our question today is, how do you see God's glory or hear God's call?