Exodus 24: 12 – 18v 13 “So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.”
The Lord said to Moses “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone. So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.” Moses told the elders to stay and wait until he came back. He told them that Aaron and Hur will help resolve any dispute whilst he was gone. Then Moses climbed up the mountain. The glory of the Lord covered the mountain top like a cloud. Moses was called by God and disappeared into the cloud. For those at the bottom of the mountain the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. Moses remained there for forty days and forty nights.
This week the theme is Transfiguration which in one definition I found means a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. For Moses whom God called directly the beautiful glory of God appeared like a dense cloud as when he walked into it he could not be seen. For those at the base of the mountain the Lord changed the top of the mountain into a consuming fire.
God first sent us rules and then Jesus to learn and try to develop a closer relationship with Him. His goal to transform us all on the inside and the outside. He shows us here two different images which occur when you try and get close to Him. Whether you see Him alone and up close in a dense cloud or from afar like a consuming fire. He is there to guide you up the mountain that you are climbing today, transforming you. In mental health and sports programs, we understand a little more what God knew already that visualizing your goals goes a long way towards achieving them. God gives us visions of His glory to work towards.
Prayer: Holy Father we thank you for your great vision in showing us your glory in a cloud or in fire. We humbly ask that you continue to guide us when we make mistakes and give us opportunities to shine your light in the world around us. Amen