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Texts: Exodus 24:12-18
Comments: The last Sunday before Lent is known as Transfiguration Sunday, which commemorates the transfiguration of Jesus on a mountaintop (usually thought to be Mount Tabor), a story that is told in Matthew 17. To be transfigured is to temporarily have the appearance of one who is divine. Jesus goes with Peter, James, and John up on the mountain, where Moses and Elijah appear to them, conversisng with Jesus.
In the passage from Exodus, we have a similar story, although this time it is Moses who goes up on the mountain, and this is where he receives the tablets of the Law.
Questions to think about
Why are mountaintops often associated with religious experience?
Both the Matthew and Exodus texts mention “clouds” that cover the mountains. Why do you suppose this is?
What is one “mountaintop” experience you can relate from your own life?
Why do you suppose that Jesus’ disciples were afraid when they heard a voice saying that he was God’s son, and that God was pleased with him?
Does fear play any role in your spiritual/religious life?
Read Jim’s Sermon delivered March 6 entitled “Down is UP; UP is Down”