Wicked and crooked?

Sunday 3rd March 2019

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY

So, we can see in the story of the transfiguration that it was the disciples who were transfigured and that it was part of Jesus’ revelation to them of his mission. They remained awake and received the revelation and heard the voice of God

( https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/the-transfiguration-in-luke/).

In 2 Corinthians we also learn how in Christ we are transfigured by the gospel of Jesus, moved from glory to glory. In Jesus we find the righteousness revealed in the psalm and are enabled to see its true meaning found in Christ.

This however was not the focus this morning. We were directed to how we reacted to the story of the healing of the demon afflicted boy. Where did we position ourselves in the story? For most of us we were afraid that we were the wicked and twisted generation who lacked faith. Many commentators would agree and berate their readers for their lack of faith.

But if we look at the earlier commentaries we find something different. They reflect on how rude the father was and how critical he was of the disciples, calling them out in front of the crowd. A closer reading reveals that Jesus appears to be addressing the father, the one who represented the wicked and perverse generation.

If you search the phrase in the scriptures you find that, as in Philippians 2:15, the wicked and perverse generation are those who grumble and argue! Soon you realise that the phrase is a trigger phrase that recalls the lack of gratitude of the people of Israel, including their apostasy at the base of the mountain. Yes, we may be in that group, but Jesus is not having a go at the disciples or us, he is calling out the father I think.

But even if we feel the rebuke sticks, Jesus will stick with us and bear with us. It has to be so that a grumbling and argumentative heart is poisonous. And note how it veils our minds to the truth of the good news in Christ.

Psalm 99  
… Holy is he!
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob…

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2  
… But their minds were hardened… whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
…And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Luke 9:28-36, (37-43)  
..Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” …

We meet at the chapel on a Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer during school term time.

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