2 Kings 2:1-12 (NASB)
With Lent coming up fast (within the week), it’s no surprise to see this particular passage from the Old Testament. Elijah is considered a type of preincarnate Christ (just like Moses). It should be no surprise to read how the Israelites thought that Elijah would make his return before the coming of the Messiah. What’s really interesting is that it seems like it’ll be the same with His second coming. Elijah is the forrunner, and one of the two people that the Bible records who didn’t die (the other being Enoch).
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (NASB)
This passage reminds me of the last book in the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. I still haven’t read all the books… I did read the last, and in that we have two characters that put on fake lion skins, and you can tell they’re fake. They’re also completely blinded to every good thing to eat and see. Aslan and the human children that were there did have pity on the two characters, but there was nothing they could do. They were so blinded that they only saw darkness around them.
Mark 9:2-9 (NASB)
In the gospel passage we do see the return of Elijah, but also with Moses. Now we have not only the Messiah, but also the two that are like His preincarnate versions. In a way it’s fitting to have all three there during His Transfiguration.
Typical with Peter, it’s “open mouth–insert foot”, but we love him anyways. He epitomizes what we all do. Our intentions are good, but the follow through isn’t quite what he was expecting.