The mountaintop


Sukkot and the Transfiguration have a lot in common. One easy similarity to notice are the tents Peter wants to set up.    When Jewish people sit in the sukkot they are to be welcoming of seven “exalted guests” into the sukkah.  These exalted guests represent the seven shepherds of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. When Peter offered to build the tents he was placing Jesus on equal levels with the two prophets. He is quickly corrected .  A cloud overshadows them and said “This is my beloved Son,  with whom I am well pleased” Was Peter told that he was not the one to build the tent, but rather that he was given a tent to dwell in? Here is Psalm 15:

Description of a Citizen of Zion.
A Psalm of David.
O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
But who honors those who fear the LORD;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He does not put out his money at interest,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will never be shaken.

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