Exodus 12:1-14 Pharaoh is trapped. Moses and Aaron went staff-in-hand to the god-man of Egypt and said what the Lord told them to say: that the Lord claimed Israel as God’s own, and demanded they be set free to worship in the wilderness. But Moses already knows, we already know, that Pharaoh’s heart will be … Continue reading Liberation

Transfiguration and the loneliness of Jesus.

Robert Alter noticed that the striking thing about the way the story of Moses on Sinai is told, is the “terrifying distance” between him and everyone watching below the cloud. That was rolling around in my head the week I preached this, and somehow the inescapable thought was the loneliness of that scene. And then, even the loneliness of Jesus in the Transfiguration.
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