On Monday, we focused on a passage of scripture that records Moses’ request to see God’s glory. It was a bold and naive request that was partially granted when God had Moses hide behind a rock and “catch a glimpse” of His glory. He couldn’t experience God’s full glory because he’d have been incinerated on the spot (or something like that), as God told Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Interestingly enough, Moses’ request was granted more fully during Jesus’ life on Earth. Jesus was up on a mountain with a couple of disciples He was really close to. He then “transfigured,” as Matthew, Mark, and Luke describe it in their recounting of Jesus’ life and ministry. As Jesus’ appearance changed and He became essentially illuminated, Moses and Elijah appeared. Moses was right there in the midst of God’s glory.
This is all truly remarkable but isn’t even the best part. As Peter, John, and James go from nodding off to fully awake (see Luke’s account, above), Peter speaks up and suggests building a shelter for them to hang out in. At this point, God Himself speaks from a cloud and says, “This is my son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” This encounter with God’s glory pointed the disciples to Jesus and made it clear that Jesus was the Son of God and that they should listen to Him. As we consider God’s glory this week, let’s also listen to God’s instructions to listen to Jesus.
Meditate on the work Jesus has done in your life and the work you see Him doing now. Ask Him to guide you today to what’s next. Listen to Him.