At first, Psalm 2 throws you headfirst into conflict, with nations competing for power, conspiring and plotting in vain, pushing and jockeying for position. It can all too easily be read as “their problem back then.” It is simply too easy to see this as an obsolete, historical issue even...
Gracious God, I am open and willing to surrender to the way you offer to lead me. Amen.
The Transfiguration is a striking manifestation of the union of humanity and divinity in Christ. In Exodus, Moses goes up the mountain to meet with God, and the divine presence on the mountain is like a consuming fire. The psalmist says that all who take refuge in the Lord are happy. In Second Peter the author declares that the truth of Christ’s message is affirmed by the glory that surrounds Jesus on the mountain and the voice from heaven that confirms his authority. In Matthew’s account, the revelation of the glory of the divine son of God on top of a mountain causes the disciples to fall down in fear. Moses and Elijah are present, demonstrating the continuity of Christ with the prophets and the always overwhelming splendor of God’s presence.
Read Exodus 24:12-18. When have you experienced God’s cleansing and transforming fire?Read Psalm 2. How have you taken refuge in God?Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. How can you be attentive to the light of God in the world around you?Read Matthew 17:1-9. When have you experienced God’s love shining through you?
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