Sufjan Stevens serenaded me as I was doing the dishes this evening. His take on the Transfiguration in the synonymously named song got me to thinking. Some years ago I got to making parallels between the transfiguration and the book of Exodus. Moses attends both events. Both take place on a mountain. A departure/exodus is imminently related to both. And both mountains become shrouded in cloud. Tonight though, two more things struck me.
Near the end of the scene God shows up and has his say, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!” (Luke 9:35) Two things came out of this for me tonight:
- Another notable time someone was told to listen to someone was in Deuteronomy 18:15 when Moses had this to say: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers–from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him.” And of course, God confirms this by saying, “I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name.” (Dt 18:18-19).
- Secondly, it struck me that, when Moses ascends the mountain he returns with the words of God written on stone tablet. When Jesus ascends the mountain he returns utterly confirmed as the one through whom God would express his words.
What do you guys think of this?