The Sixth Sunday of Easter points the way to glory


tent of meetingThe readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter are based upon Exodus 25:8 and Exodus 33:7-34:9.

They are to make a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell in their midst. Exodus 25:8

Moses used to pitch a tent outside the camp at some distance, called the tent of meeting. Anyone who wished to consult the NAME would go to the tent of meeting, outside the camp. Exodus 33:7

GolgathaPilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19:16-17

Golgotha was outside the camp, the city, Jerusalem at some distance. “Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all rise and stand at the entrance of their own tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the NAME spoke with Moses. Exodus 33:8-9

Moses, in the person of Father enters the tent of meeting, where we meet God in the Eucharist, by going to the tabernacle in anamnesis, remembrance of Moses, and the great Sacrifice of Christ, which is the Eucharist.

As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the NAME spoke with Moses. On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise and bow down at the entrance of their own tents. Exodus 33-10 This is just as we bow when Father approaches the tabernacle.

Jesus criesThe NAME used to speak to Moses face to face, as a person speaks to a friend. Moses would then return to the camp, but his young assistant, Joshua, son of Nun, never left the tent. Exodus 33:11

We approach the tent of meeting, thanks to Joshua/Jesus. Nun is one of the Aramaic words for fish. Nineveh was Fish City. Jesus, Joshua, tells the Pharisees in Matthew 16:4, “No sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jonah was swallowed by a fish in the story of Jonah, telling of us of Nineveh’s repentance.

“Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” Jesus is Joshua, son of Nun, the fish in a sense that Joshua, son of Nun, never was. The apostles were fishermen. He gives us intimacy with God that Moses and Joshua Ben Nun never could.

GloriaMoses said, “Please let me see your glory!” Exodus 33:18 The famous 13 attributes of God come in Exodus 34:6-7 “The NAME passed before him and proclaimed: The NAME, the NAME, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness and fidelity. He continues his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving crookedness, rebellion, and deviation. He does not declare the guilty guiltless, but brings punishment for their parents’ crookedness on children and children’s children to the third and fourth generation!”

The Hebrew word here translated as “Crooked,” is the diminutive for an eye, used for good or ill. When used for ill, it is crooked, as the eye is round, so the crooked is bent from the right way.

Jesus at the Cathedral 2Moses asks to see God’s glory and this is what he sees, “(1) The One Who Is, before we deviate from the path (2) The One Who Is, after we deviate from the path. (3) God, mighty in compassion, who gives all according to their need. (4) who is Merciful (the Semitic word is the same as “Womb,” for motherly care. (5) He is gracious, if humankind is already in distress. (6) He is slow to anger. (7) He is great in kindness. (8) and truth. (9) He keeps his kindness to the thousand generations to those who love him. (10) He forgives crookedness. (11) and transgression. (12) and deviation. (13) He pardons.

I saw no temple in the city for its temple is the NAME God almighty and the Lamb/Omer/Word of God. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb/Omer/Word of God. Second Reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

JJesus with the apostlesesus told his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” Exodus 25 speaks of the temple where God dwells and the people with him. The Hebrew word is Shack On Ah. The new Shack On Ah is the NAME God almighty and the Lamb/Omer/Word of God.

flamesOne word for the Holy Spirit is Shekinah, mutual indwelling/what, the Eastern Orthodox call the perichoresis, or divine dance with God. This is love for one another where love mean comes from the Hebrew, A Ha Bah, from Abba, Father, and Ha Bah, the one who is to come. It is welcome into each other as the flames of a fire dance in and amongst themselves, having a common source, for us God. The life of glory we should all crave is sacrificing ourselves for each other as Christ sacrificed himself for us.

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