Before we leave Deuteronomy and Moses behind, let’s look at one postscript from the New Testament. Jesus knew Deuteronomy well. During his time in the wilderness in Matthew 4 he quoted from it three times to counter Satan’s temptations. (A good example for us in resisting temptation). Later, at an important moment in his ministry, he climbed Mount Tabor with some of his disciples to meet with God the Father. Just as Moses’ appearance changed in the presence of God on the sacred mountain, Mount Sinai, so Jesus’ appearance changed too. Read the account in Matthew 17:1-13. “His face shone like the sun…his clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” Peter, James and John, who were the privileged ones to be with Him at that moment, shrank back, dazed by what was happening. A voice sounded from heaven, and suddenly, there on the mountain top before them stood two giants of Israel’s history. At once they recognised Elijah, the fierce wonder working prophet that every Jew anticipated. And beside him, it could only be Moses, conversing with Jesus.
Peter was so excited at this amazing scene before him, that he foolishly proposed building three tabernacles there for the celestial visitors and Jesus. Then the voice from heaven clarified to them the objective of the meeting. “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” And with their faith in Jesus strengthened He led them back down the mountain, better prepared for the task that would be theirs.
The transfiguration contains an interesting fact we can easily miss. At that moment of God’s mercy, Moses finally realized his life’s dream, that had been denied him before. He stood on a mountaintop smack in the middle of the promised land. With the coming of Jesus into our lives, how many hopes and dreams are finally realized for us.
Let us rejoice in the many hopes come true in our lives, and pray today for:
some of our overseas connections, Fidel & Christine and the children in Kenya, “Sophie” in Tunisia, Saw Myint (our Crosslinks student) in Myanmar, and Frank & Val in Nazareth.