Fantasy of Misfiguration

And Moses came down from Hermon
    Robed in splendor and ire
    Graced by God

And the sound of the crowd
    Came to Joshua’s ear
    The ear of the Servant’s right hand

Moses declared, What is this we find?
    Weak-minded golden-calf worship
    Wastrel works of the ineffective

Mere gilt bovinity cannot cast out a demon
    Cannot soothe the raging spirit
    No, cannot still a writhing body

Yes Elijah came down the mountain
    Full of the Lord’s might
    Elisha joining at his side

Impotent would-bes could not withstand him
    He girded his loins with leather straps
    And called down power from on high

Elijah’s fire took the waters of unrest
    Consumed blood and wood of torment
    Destroyed even the stones of doubt

No, the boy is not dead
    Moses and the Prophet have delivered him
    Poured living water from the mountain

Man of God, even a king
    May not command you to come down
    So please spare our lives

Lord, your people are a stubborn lot
    For the sake of your glory be patient
    Do not destroy the faithless out of hand

Moses must depart from Nebo
    And Joshua shall part the Jordan

Elijah must be taken in fire
    And Elisha shall raise the dead

Joshua has been on the mountain, and prays
Elisha has been anointed, and fasts

The might of the Lord shall abide, in me

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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One Response to Fantasy of Misfiguration

  1. Greg Wright says:

    So… Peter’s brain goes into overdrive. See Mark 9. He imagines that things might have gone different if he, James, and John (well, primarily if he) had been on hand instead of up on the mountain. Peter is starting to understand that Jesus will move on at some point, just as Moses and Elijah did… and that means someone has to take up the mantle when the torch is passed (to deliberately mix metaphors, and stir well before spooning out). He’s figuring it’s to be him, and getting quite full of himself, drawing on his memory of the stories about Moses on Sinai and Nebo, and of the stories about Elijah on Sinai and Carmel.

    Interesting side note: How far did Jesus travel during his forty days in the wilderness? Did he also possibly visit Sinai?

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