You get the Sunday of the Transfiguration. It gets us started down the Lenten road and the story of Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop leads down into the valley and the next step is Ash Wednesday. He was transfigured and there appeared with Him Moses and Elijah and as we say the represent all the Law and the Prophets.
They have something in common – all of them had a wilderness time of 40 days and nights. Moses on the Mountain, Elijah running from Jezebel and of course Jesus after his baptism. There is an interesting juxtaposition of the three and their time in the wilderness. Moses was on the mountain to get the commandments because God called him up; Elijah ran into the wilderness because he was terrified and Jesus was driven by the Spirit. Moses failed after his forty days’ fast, because he was so furious with the Israelites he threw the Tables of the Law from him; Elijah failed before his forty days’ fast; Jesus was assailed for forty days and endured. Moses was angry against Israel; Elijah despaired of Israel; Jesus overcame for Israel.
That comes from Edersheim”s “Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah”. 2002 copyright, Packard Technologies
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