READ: Mark 9:2-13 (esp. v4-6)
- Once on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared. Outside of King David, it’s hard to imagine any more exciting guests. Moses was the one who met God on Mount Sinai to receive the law of God. Elijah met God on Mount Horeb. In both cases, there were clouds, thunder, and a voice from above. The situations are remarkably similar.
- Moses would force the recall of the Law, the Torah. Since the Jews were still under Torah at this point, his presence would have incredible significance. The one who encountered God face to face and lived, who talked with God, and who received the Law from God, was present with them. But so was Elijah. He represented the prophets. He faced off with kings and Baal, and always won. He was on a mountain when fire came down.
- It’s little wonder that Peter was a little unsure of what to say. What he did say makes sense. He wanted to give Jesus equal billing with Moses and Elijah. He would have three tents, one for each of them. If the voice of God in Moses was good, and the voice of God in Elijah was good, then the voice of God in all three would be especially good.
- How would you feel if you were given a chance to be with Moses, Elijah and Jesus?
- Why do you think Peter wanted three tents? Could it be to stay there?
- Read Exodus 10:16-20 and 1 Kings 19:9-13. What similarities do you see?
PRAY: Thank God for always communicating with us. Pray that we are willing to listen to God when He speaks. Commit yourself to being open to the voice of God.