From the Mountain

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 34:29-35, Luke 9:28-36, 2 Corinthians 3:16, 18; 4:2, Good News Translation

Exodus 34:29-35

29 When Moses went down from Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments, his face was shining because he had been speaking with YAHWEH; but he did not know it. 30 Aaron and all the people looked at Moses and saw that his face was shining, and they were afraid to go near him. 31 But Moses called them, …and Moses spoke with them. 32 …Moses gave them all the laws that YAHWEH had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. 34 Whenever Moses went into the Tent of the Lord’s presence to speak to the Lord, he would take the veil off. When he came out, he would tell the people of Israel everything that he had been commanded to say, 35 and they would see that his face was shining. Then he would put the veil back on until the next time he went to speak with the Lord.

Luke 9:28-36

28 After teaching and preaching and feeding many people, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes flashed bright like lightning. 30 Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus…. 32 Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus’ glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33…Peter said to him, “We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not really know what he was saying.) 34 While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid…. 35 A voice said from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen—listen to him!”

36 When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at that time anything they had seen.

2 Corinthians 3:16, 18 and 4:2

16 As the scripture says about Moses: “His veil was removed when he turned to YAHWEH….” 18 All of us, then, reflect the glory of YAHWEH with uncovered faces; and that same glory, which is the Spirit, transforms us into God’s likeness in an ever-greater degree of glory. 4:2…In the full light of truth we live in God’s sight and try to commend ourselves to everyone’s good conscience.

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