Sunday 23rd February 2020
Last Sunday after Epiphany

Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9; Psalm 2

The Old Testament reading recounts how Moses is given Godís law; the narrative also outlines how Aaron, Hur and the elders remain to deal with any disputes among the people. This highlights that issues of law, the ordering of society etc. are matters of concern to God. This provides the opportunity to recognise and pray for those who make, administrate and work to maintain law and order; those who work as legislators; those who work in the field of mediation; individuals who work in local government, as community leaders etc.

Our language also uses the word 'law' in the context of 'laws of physics', 'laws of nature' etc. God's commands and laws are embedded in God's creation, inspiring the Psalm writer to reflect on God's place as the ultimate expression of authority, which kings and rulers are called to recognise. We may not all work in the legal profession, but the lives we live and the jobs we do are regulated by laws which seek to apply fairness and justice. The Psalms and Old Testament reading are reminders that law makers are called to reflect God's justice, and when we engage with such laws, we are not simply recognising earthly regulations, but a Divine order.

The New Testament reading reveals Jesus in his true nature - the head of that Divine order.