Prayer of the Day
O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus our beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
With the Transfiguration on my mind, it seems interesting that even in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) we covered the same thing at about the same time. Still even in Exodus the writer mentions the same thing as with the text in Matthew, that the Shakinah (not sure how that’s spelled) Glory shown all around Moses, and it was on the seventh day. From what we’ve read at the beginning of Genesis we see that the writers are showing that even God follows the format of resting on the sabbath. We don’t have to go to Church on Sunday, but it’s better than if we didn’t.
Psalm 2 (ESV)
The Reign of the Lord‘s Anointed
2 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
This is the only time Peter ever mentioned that he had been on the mount and saw Jesus transfigured into his true glory. You figure that he was terrified when it was happening and said the first thing that came to mind, or it could have been something else. We’ll never know until we have pass from this life into another. Until then all we can do is try to understand what the eye witnesses saw.
Now we get to the actual gospel of the Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John should have been awed that they were chosen, at least after the fact. You do realize if the other disciples had found out what happened, they would have been beyond jealous. This was the only way to make sure that there would be no revolt within the group. They needed to keep a unified front, especially with what’s coming up. Only after the fact could they talk about the Transfiguration and the real meaning of the images. I do wonder though, how did Peter know it was Moses and Elijah that appeared? It was probably a divine revelation from God himself, letting him know that it was just fine seeing one that had been dead many centuries and another who had been taken up to heaven, also many centuries ago.
Still, we have nothing to fear, it’s just our fear that gets in the way.