The Transfiguration and the Glory of God

John Baggley in his book describing the icons of various feasts says that the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord has several important themes, one of which

“… is the glory of God. In the Bible this phrase is one way of talking about a visible manifestation of the invisible God, a way of describing an experience of the tangible presence of the God who is at the same time holy and transcendent. Thus, the glory of God is experienced in the created order of the world: ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork’ (Psalm 19:1 [18]); the creation which God has declared to be good and beautiful (Genesis 1:31) is capable of mediating the presence of the Creator. In the course of the history of the people of Israel a variety of expressions were used to defend the transcendence of God and at the same time to speak of his presence with his people. References to the angel of the Lord, the Word of the Lord, the name of God, as well as the glory of God, recur throughout the Old Testament as expressions of the presence and activity of God, while at the same time safeguarding against an anthropomorphic or pantheistic concept of God.” ( Festival Icons for the Christian Year, p 62)

Moses at the Burning Bush