THE LORD IS NOT IN THE WIND, EARTHQUAKE OR FIRE

THE LORD IS NOT IN THE WIND, EARTHQUAKE OR FIRE

By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)

This awesome story of Elijah’s encounter with

the LORD is read to pair with Peter’s

encounter with Jesus, the Son of God, on Lake

Galilee.

Mount Horeb, where it occurred, is an awesome

place, a rocky mountain on Sinai. No earth,

vegetation, or animals, just stark rock, some

iron-ore red, some granite-grey, some almost

sulphur-green.

It was here that Moses and the People of Israel

had their experience of God, too, and the silent

mountains almost speak of God. Elijah was

fleeing from the threat of persecution, a trek of

forty days and forty nights.

There are experiences which cannot be put into

words, whether it is the ecstasy of love or music

or beauty.

No one can adequately express words the

experience of an encounter with God, and

Elijah’s is quite described quite differently from

that of Moses, who experienced God in thunder,

lightning and earthquake.

The ‘light, murmuring sound’ is literally ‘a sound

of silence’. In any case the experience

strengthened him enough to return to his

mission.

It is because of these encounters that Moses

and Elijah are present at the Transfiguration,

when the closest disciples experience the

divinity of Jesus on the holy mountain.

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