READ: Mark 9:2-13
- God only speaks twice in Mark. Both times His voice resounds to Jesus. It appears that the first time, only Jesus hears (1:11). The second occurrence (9:7), Peter, James and John, along with Jesus, hear. It’s not often that God speaks audibly, so people tend to listen when He does (or should, at least).
- In these situations, God is identifying Jesus as “My Son.” Little of more importance could ever be said. Jesus is God’s Son—declared by God Himself. First, to Jesus, affirming to the readers the truth that God and Jesus already know. Second, to Peter, James and John, affirming that Peter was correct (8:29), when Peter announced Jesus as Messiah.
- Both times, God announced His pleasure in Jesus by saying. “In whom I am well-pleased” (1:11) and “beloved Son” (9:7). God loves the Son and is honored by the Son’s decision to become human and live among us. He is well-pleased with Jesus’ decision to identify with all humanity in expressing a desire to follow and honor God, obediently. Jesus had no need of His baptism by John (1:9), but He did need to identify with the rest of us and be obedient to God’s word.
- Ponder what it must have been like to actually hear the voice of God. How do you think Jesus may have felt? Peter, James and John?
- Why do you think God was “well-pleased” with Jesus?
- When God speaks, today, through His Word, through His Spirit in you, or through others in whom He dwells, how well do you listen?
PRAY: Thank God that He speaks, setting Him aside from other mute “gods.” Pray that you are open to hear His voice. Commit yourself to trust His voice, when He speaks.