I am following the Bible in One Year 2023 with Nicky Gumble. He links Mark 9:2-7, which gives the account of the transfiguration, with Exodus 40:34 where the Glory of God filled the Dwelling.
“ After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. … Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’” (Mark 9:2,3,7 NIV)
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:34 NIV)
A cloud settled on Jesus who was radiating the glory of God.
The cloud is symbolic of the presence of God or the Holy Spirit. The Israelites were led by the cloud in the same way we are led by the Holy Spirit, both individually and as the Church. We are filled with the Spirit as the place of meeting was filled by the cloud.
“For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16b)
I love the picture of the cloud settling on the place of meeting and filling it. God does all the work. He does the settling. In the same way, the Holy Spirit settles on me so that I may manifest the glory of God.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
I can glorify God just by being who He made me to be, just as a flower glorifies God by being a flower or a bird by being a bird.
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One of my favourite quotes is by Ireneaus: “The glory of God is man fully alive, but the life of man is the vision of God.”
God, thank You that You have done it all. You sent Jesus to redeem me so that I can be a worthy receptacle of Your Holy Spirit Who fills me with Your Presence. Amen.