Transfiguration Sunday: The Old Testament Passage – Something is coming on the mountain top!

Something is coming! Something big and major is coming our way beloved reader!! And here in the Old Testament Passage is the beginning of it. The signs and portents of it are in, this passage. Let me “highlight” them for you.

“The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” (Exodus 24:12)

Mountain tops are good places for instruction and learning. Important things happen on mountain tops. In this passage Moses is to receive the Ten Commandments by which may faiths and religious traditions govern themselves and are governed. But the Divine also speaks from mountain tops. Watch and wait for other mountain top experiences.

“So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.” (Verse 13)

Not every one is invited to the mountain top, and even those who are there do not always understand its meaning and what is learned there. For example, not every one understands the complete significance and wide scope of the Ten Commandments. But for the most part, those who are invited to the mountain top are favored by the Divine.

“To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” (Verse 14)

Those who ascend will descend in the Divine’s time. Wait for them; wait patiently and with firm resolve. Do not be dismayed by how long it will take. There are those among us who can we turn to for leadership and guidance. Look to those whose faith is strong and mature.

“Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.” (Verses 15 – 17)

Who among us is ready for a mountain top experience with the Divine? Who is ready to walk through cloud and fire? And who can see through the cloud and fire to understand what will be revealed?

“Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.” (Verse 18)

It takes time, beloved reader, to learn and understand all the the Divine has to reveal. It takes time that may seem long to human measurement, or it may be instantaneous. Who can say? But it is enough to know that it is an experience that can utterly change your life.

When you are called to a mountain top by the Divine, may you be ready for the experience. And may you be blessed by it. Selah!