March 22, 2016 Psalm 127, Luke 9:28-36, Psalm 128 (21)

The transfiguration. Al asked how they would know what Moses and Elijah looked like? What about the statement in 33 of Peter, not knowing what he said. Possibly the futility of prolonging the moment, or building an image that people would worship almost like an idol. Is this the point where the 3 disciples have seen the coming of the kingdom of God. Pope Benedict says this is the view of the kingdom of God that Jesus had promised that some would see before they died. Jesus was made a lens through whom the kingdom of God could be seen.

We have done all sorts of things to commemorate Jesus life, are they wrong? This is about Jesus praying and then something happened, the transfiguration. This was about the middle of the ministry. What is the kingdom of God. Is it an experience or a frame of reference or a way of life. Kingdom of God is wherever God’s presence is celebrated. It is all about the good news. The focus of Jesus is to get his disciples to go do something in his name. Jesus told the disciples to keep quiet about this event.

Mt. Tabor is said to be the site of the transfiguration as opposed to Mt. Herman. Here is a description.  Modern Har Tavor, Tiberian Har Tāḇôr, Arabic: جبل الطور, Jabal aṭ-Ṭūr) is located in Lower Galilee, Israel, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Sea of Galilee. It was the site of the Mount Tabor battle between Barak under the leadership of the Israelite judge Deborah, and the army of Jabin commanded by Sisera, in the mid 12th century BC. It is believed by manyChristians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.[