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Prepare Yourself to Preach from Your Cross


Happy endings are nice, yet Moses met Jesus long before the transfiguration, and he wasn’t exactly ready to forgive those who knew not.

We know the Rock that Moses wouldn’t speak to is Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:1-13), plus how Living Water from this Living Word had firstly flowed by whopping him with a stick (Exodus 17:1-7).  Then, Moses later struck Jesus twice instead of speaking nice (Numbers 20:1-13).

Such sounds much more like the Pharoah (and me) than Moses and Aaron, but three disciples on the new training program were close enough to Jesus to also see Moses learn (Matthew 17:1-8). 

Now all this has been the lead-in to a slight moment of humor that could help the rest of us young whippersnappers, but Moses may still insist we follow up with one or two more disclaimers.  Who among us ever gets to be one hundred and twenty and still knows anyone in the obituaries, much less an older sister, well, yes, we do understand the situation, but aren’t you ready to talk turkey?

Even at eighty, if the ugly crowd had been crotchety enough to talk of stoning him then, wouldn’t someone have started to laugh?  Okay, so no, nobody laughed.  Not even one person.  All of them walked around in the hot desert sun and cold desert nights for forty nights.  No, scratch that.  For forty whole years.  All without even once laughing.  Not even one of them.  Not until you and me.

Daniel would have coughed up his veggies.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would have rolled around on the ground, and if any one of them ever tried to compose himself, the other two would have thought their only sober friend was even more overgrown, and all three would lose it again!


(Comment suggestions for this post: Getting ready to go, and also getting ready to stay)

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