Chapter 5

Good Monday Morning to this week 6 of 2020

Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter then any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses came into view in deep conversation with Jesus. Peter interrupted, “Rabbi, this is a great moment!. Le’ts build three shelters …
Mark 9: 2-5 MSG

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Ps 91

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble .. Ps 45

In you oh Lord I have taken refuge .. Ps 31

There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day,
and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain. Is. 4.6

Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Ps 61

shelter, a hut, a tent, a dwelling…  a basic architectural structure or building that provides protection from the local environment. Having a place of shelter, of safety and of retreat, i.e. a home, is commonly considered a fundamental physiological human need, the foundation from which to develop life. Equally significant is also the metaphorical shelter, beliefs, convictions, values and traditions.

Dallas Willard also refers to an “interior castle” of the human soul, a shelter with many rooms, and they are slowly occupied by God, allowing us time and room to grow.

Jesus born at a stable, temporary yet sufficient shelter for his birth, therefore He knows much of earthly shelters in his life, even more about the spiritual: In deep conversation with Elija and Moses he’s called out by Peter; “Rabbi, this is a great moment!. Le’ts build three shelters …

Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them and from deep within the cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, Listen to him!”

Did Jesus really have an unsheltered life? The cloud enveloped him, deep in conversation with Elija and Moses, he is engulfed, surrounded, covered, overshadowed by the presence of God, as the deeply affirming words are spoken: My Son, marked by my love!

The Almighty God, He Himself is the shelter, and in His shelter, He keeps us safe from danger and harm engulfing us with His presence.

The psalmist in Psalm 31 begins with the words,  in you, O Lord, I have sought refuge, this,  his portrayal of the role of Yahweh. The idea of taking refuge may well derive from the common experience of finding protection in the hills.  The verb denotes the confident seeking of security, rather than a flight of desperation. This communicates dependence on Yahweh as opposed to the trust in their own ability. The object of deep desire and refuge is emblematic of the person who places complete trust in God with taking cover in his shelter.

Safeguarded by the shelter of the Yahwe I wish you a blessed week!



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