2Samuel 22:11: And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. (ESV)
David was describing how God came to rescue him. And when the throne of God was described in the book of Isaiah, we see cherubim all around it shouting holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, all the earth is filled with his glory (Isaiah 6:1-8).
In that incident, Isaiah said: in the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple. That vision of God radically transformed his life and marked him forever. And when God called out: “who shall we send, who will go for us,” he said, “here I am send me.”
He got himself a divine mission as he chose to meet God’s need. Seeing God will change you as it changed Isaiah. Talking about Jesus, John said: we beheld his glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). What you encounter in him, you get to experience and are able to convey to others.
An angel announced Jesus’ conception, which was effected by the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Mary his mother (Luke 1:26-35). That is the “wings of the wind” in operation, the angel is the wing, while the Holy Spirit is the wind. Jesus being God came on the earth on the wings of the wind, following the words of the focus verse, to save humanity.
This is the picture of motion. When you see an angel then know that things are about to be fast-tracked, rapid changes are in the offing.
When an angel appeared to Peter while he was in prison he was moved from being a prisoner to walking free (Acts 12:5-11). When an angel visited Mary nine months after she gave birth to a child having never met a man.
When we meet angels in the book of Genesis, they were manning the path to the tree of life with a flaming sword moving in all directions. At that time man moved from the Garden of Eden, to start a life of hardship. The situation of man was rapidly changing for the worse. There was a permanent change of season. That is what angels, when they are seen, herald.
When Abraham saw some angels who were on their way to destroy Sodom, the end came suddenly to that land (Genesis 18). When Joshua saw an angel who described himself as the captain of the army of God, it marked the beginning of the rapid movement of the people to take over the land of Canaan (Joshua 5:13-155).
Angels signifies rapid movement, and change of state. Jesus saw angels after the devil finished tempting him. They came to minister to him, they came to strengthen him. That have a similar role, to minister to us, so that we are able to quickly recover from difficulty.
Jesus moved from the one being tempted by the devil in the privacy of the wilderness to becoming one tormenting the devil by casting our evil spirits in the public. The bible says that he returned from the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1-14, Matthew 4:11). The angels who came to minister to him likely had something to do with that.
At the resurrection of Jesus, we also saw angels present. A mighty angels came down from heaven to knock the soldiers guarding his grave out of their senses and caused the mighty stone over it to be rolled away via an earthquake (Matthew 28:1-5).
While the wings herald change, aiding its occurrence, the wind makes it happen. When the Red Sea was to be parted God sent an east wind to achieve that (Exodus 14:13-21). When the children of Israel wanted meat in the wilderness, God sent wind to bring a deluge of quails to their camp (Numbers 11).
The wind represent the divine initiative, the divine causation. Without the wind the wings cannot function. Without the Holy Spirit, therefore, the angels would not know what to do.
The wind is a manifestation of the presence of God. In the upper room when the Holy Spirit manifested on the disciples as fire, there was a mighty wind which accompanied it (Acts 2:1-4).
When Jesus was teaching Nicodemus about what it means to be born again, he said: the wind blows where it wills, you do not see where it comes from or where it goes but you see the effect so is the one who is born of the Spirit (John 3:1-8). The wind is affirmed by Jesus as a picture of the operation of the Holy Spirit.
Paul acknowledges the initiative of the Holy Spirit. While he thought he should make certain move to preach in certain places the Holy Spirit retrained him (Acts 16:6-8).
He was being tested if he was going to try to follow his own agenda of that of the agenda of the Holy Spirit, if he was going to the follow his zeal more than the Spirit; if he was all about the work or more about obedience to God; if he was about the will of God or his pre-conceived notion. Each of us will be similarly tested, whether we will follow the wind of the Holy Spirit or try to generate our own.
When King Saul refused to move by the wind of divine instruction an ill wind of death in the hand of the enemy blew upon him and his son.
The air makes life possible on the earth. The air is around us and within us. It is not enough for the wind to be around us, it also needs to be within us, otherwise, we would be classified as dead. Being able to breathe in out for both animal and plants means they are alive.
The Holy Spirit therefore being the wind makes spiritual life possible. The bible says that it is the Spirit that gives life, he makes us function as we should (John 6:63).
Paul wrote that we were dead in trespasses and sin, meaning we did not function as we were meant to, as designed from the beginning, because of sin (Ephesians 2:4-8).
He also said that we have been made alive in Christ Jesus. And the process which made that happen was simple. When God raised Jesus up from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit, he also raised us up with him.
Jesus said except a grain of seed falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone but if it falls down it brings forth much fruits.
Therefore, the life running in us, is that of Jesus. We have no claim to any independent life apart from his. John wrote that God has given us eternal life and that life is in his Son, Jesus Christ. We have no claim to life except in the context of being raised up with Jesus from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit.