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Mark 9:2-10

Background: Look at the map. The mountain of our text was apparently Mount Hermon which is 2760 m high. Moses had encountered the Lord on Mount Sinai a thousand years earlier when the Lord had given him ten commandments. The Bible tells about this encounter like this: Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him (Exodus 19:18-19). John wrote John’s gospel and Peter wrote two letters to the New Testament. James in turn died a martyr’s death as the first one of the disciples.

Preliminary question

Verse 2

Verse 3. The talk of clothing in the Bible begins in connection with the banishment from paradise. Righteousness is generally described as white clothes in the Bible and its lack as dirty rags.

Verse 4. Luke tells what those three men were talking about: “Jesus’ departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment in Jerusalem.

Verses 5-6

Verse 7. In the past, a pillar of cloud was above the tabernacle of Moses as a sign of God’s presence and his guidance.

Verse 8

Verses 9-10. According to the Old Testament, the sinner who sees the face of God, dies.

Glad tidings: Jesus left the Mount of Transfiguration to go towards another mountain, namely Calvary. There he had to die naked so that he could give his dazzling white linen of righteousness upon us sinners, as our baptismal dress.

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