A COMPARISON

Exodus 24:12-17 & Matthew 17:1-3
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

A Comparison

—Playing catch up with a couple of these and posting two today—

Jesus in the Gospel reading
is presented as a new Moses.
This is not a new thought.
None of what I write is actually new,
more like a rephrasing building upon
centuries of theological conversation.
I do have a point, however.
What Jesus is
doing and saying is
new for his own time,
and while we may have heard it
It was brand new to his hearers,
and the presentations by the writers
of the Christian Scriptures,
while built upon
Table conversations
and hillside recollections
of what was remembered of what
Jesus said,
were, by and large, new to the
communities
in which they were proclaimed.
New connections
were being made between
the ancient Hebrew story
and the brand new Christian story.
So, it isn’t just that Jesus is the new Moses,
but what Jesus said and did,
and what happened to him
became fodder for a whole new religion—
the Path,
the Way
that eventually became,
Christianity.
This is important because we must understand that
in the comparison between Jesus and Moses,
the authority of the message
being presented
by and for and of
Jesus
is intended by those early writers
to supplant the message of Moses.
So in the words
Jesus speaks
and the writers present,
Law becomes Grace,
death becomes life,
anathema and abomination become love and hope.
This was a new idea to
most of the world at that time
(the eye-for-an-eye and
a-life-for-a-life-folks),
and it seems that it still is.
Even in our own time
our Christian culture seems more
enthralled by the Ten Commandments and Holiness Codes
and use them as ways to think
about our actions before God
and how we treat others
than we are about
the gift of forgiveness and hope and love
Jesus taught and invited us to share
with our enemies and with the world.
The Stories we read,
the words we are given
that are attributed to Jesus
are about love,
equity,
hope,
caring for others,
and welcoming all
into the fold.
It is not about
tribal/national-ism.
ALL ARE WELCOME!

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