Daily Bible Reading – 2.16.2021

Rev. Ben Lovell   -  
Daily Bible Reading – 2.16.2021:
Mark 9:2-13 (NIV) – After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
Pastor Doug’s Comments:
Jesus, with his inner circle of three, climbed the mountain where an amazing transfiguration occurred. Just as Moses went up the mountain where he encountered the holy presence of God and heard his voice from the cloud, so we see a similar scene playing out here.
Elijah, representing the prophets, and Moses, representing the Law, spoke with Jesus. The kingdom of God had drawn ever so near as Jesus would become the final fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
Peter was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds and wanted to put up tents so he could show hospitality and, maybe, stay in this unimaginable holy place. He had no clue what was going on and spoke the same.
Just as at Jesus’ baptism, God spoke from above that this was his Son whom he loves and the disciples should listen to him. Just as Moses brought the 10 Commandments down the mountain, so Jesus’ teaching was the Word of God and needed to be heeded.
And then, Moses and Elijah disappeared. As the four descended the mountain, Jesus told them not to tell anyone about this until he had risen from the dead. That caused the three to discuss what rising from the dead meant. They still had so much to learn!
They asked about Elijah coming again. Jesus said Elijah had already come (as John the Baptist), and the authorities had done to him what they desired. In saying this, Jesus seemed to be drawing a parallel between the Old Testament’s account of King Ahab’s wife Jezebel who wanted to kill the first Elijah but failed and King Herod’s wife Herodias who succeeded in killing the second Elijah, John the Baptist. Contrary to their expectations, Elijah-John had been rejected and killed, and the disciples should not be surprised that Jesus would suffer the same fate.
Questions To Consider/Discuss:
Knowing the Old Testament is beneficial in fully understanding the many parallels to the New Testament. The more we make the connection between the two, the richer the message becomes. What is your attitude toward the Old Testament?