The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”
Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. ~ Exodus 24:12-18
We move this week into Lent. During this season, at Grace Lutheran we will follow a series called "Journeys" - looking at different journeys in scripture, as well as the journeys we take on in our lives of faith.
Part of the time of Lent - and our faith journey - is to give us transformed hearts.
To transform our way of thinking about ourselves: who we think we are vs. who God knows us to be.
Moses had one of the most vivid transformations in scripture: from threatened infant to adopted son of a princess to shepherd with little public speaking ability to freedom fighter to God's chosen leader.
As as Moses went up the mountain for the Ten Commandments, his true self would no longer we hidden from anyone.
God revealed Moses' true identity over time until neither Moses, nor God's people, could ignore it any more.
Show me my true self, Lord, that I may more perfectly follow you. Amen