Acts 5:15,16 – In fact, when people knew Peter was going to walk by, they carried the sick out to the streets and laid them down on cots and mats, knowing the incredible power emanating from him would overshadow them and heal them. Great numbers of people swarmed into Jerusalem from the nearby villages. They brought with them the sick and those troubled by demons—and everyone was healed!
This verse describes the manifestation of God’s presence like a cloud. This reminds us of the cloud that led the children of Israel in the wilderness as well as the cloud that appeared on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured. This cloud apparently overshadowed Mary when she conceived Christ in her womb. Here are some interesting comments from the Passion Translation about this shadow coming from Peter:
“The Greek word translated “overshadow” is episkiazo, which is used exclusively for the power of the Almighty “overshadowing,” such as with Mary, who conceived a child supernaturally by God. It is also used for the cloud that overshadowed Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. This was not a natural shadow created by the light of the sun, but the supernatural overshadowing of God’s power coming upon the sick to bring healing.”
At the beginning of the Exodus, this cloud appeared before the children of Israel.
Exod.13:21,22 – “And the LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from the presence of the people”. From this passage we see that this cloud was for guidance; it was a cloud by day and a fire by night.
In the Mountain of Transfiguration we are reminded of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The shining cloud would reside upon the tabernacle of Moses while the people were camped. Christ is that tabernacle displayed by the shekinah on the mountain. This cloud apparently was present when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. This is the overshadowing glory of the Holy Spirit. In today’s passage describing the move of God in Jerusalem, the “shadow” was not a typical shadow cast from Peter’s body, this was the shining cloud of glory. The presence of God flowing from Peter was healing the sick and driving out demons. Today, we are in need of an increase of this shekinah glory. In the world we live in now, nothing else will do.