Tomorrow is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. I can see why this particular passage was chosen. Moses coming down from Horeb bringing the Testimony, or better known as the 10 Commandments to give to the people. Moses’ shining face reminds me of how people glow from the inside out. It’s just one of those things. It shows you that what’s important is what’s inside, not what’s outside (even though our culture might think otherwise).
The beginning of this section reminds me of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and his section about the residences of the fictional town of Lake Wobegone. Be bold! God wants us to be bold in our declarations of who He is and what He is about. As long as we are in His presence we never have to fear that the glow that Moses’ had (and that we have) will never dim. Moses probably wore the veil so that the people never had to witness the dimming of the glow that God produced in him just from being in His presence.
Peter, Peter, Peter. You gotta love him. He’s the everyman of the Gospels. Better yet, he had an active case of foot-n-mouth disease. Open mouth and insert foot. He’d blurt out the first thing that came to mind when he was shocked. But aren’t we like that? And then when it comes to tearing down mountains. It’s figuratively. We love to make mountains out of mole hills. Those are the mountains that God is trying to teach us to level. In the process, we develop the same thing that Peter had. Blurt out the first thing just to be able to deal with the sight in front of him. The best thing I can think of to maybe change one’s thinking is to always remember to: never sweat the small stuff, and that everything is small stuff.