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The Transfiguration, A Contemporary Response

"Peter said to Jesus, 'Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tabernacles (shelters NIV) here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah' " (Matt.17:4).

With Jesus glowing, and Moses and Elijah in their presence, Peter breaks the silence of this spectacular moment with the words in today's verse. I guess he felt that with guests like Moses and Elijah there, they (he) needed to do something... Without any resources at hand, the least they could do was to make themselves hospitable. Peter proposed that they build three shelters. Maybe, in a contemporary way, he could offer them some shade from the sun. From what I understand, the word tabernacle often meant a tent, but the word was broad enough in its usage to mean a shelter or "lean to." Peter offers to build three of them. Humble as it was, it would honor Jesus in company with Moses and Elijah. What happened next was fixed indelibly in Peter's mind, as he wrote about it some 35 years later... The apostle imagined that it must have been a great honor for Jesus to be in the company of such revered men as Moses and Elijah. If Peter had really understood who Jesus was, he would have known that it was Moses and Elijah who were honored to be in the presence of Jesus... God took care of all this when a bright cloud enveloped all of them, and they heard the testimony from the cloud... "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him." The disciples were so overpowered by the events, that they fell down on their faces in fear, and as quickly as it had all begun, it was over. Jesus put out His hand, touched them and said this; "Get up, do not be afraid..." When they opened their eyes, everything was back to normal... Moses and Elijah were gone, and Jesus looked as He always had. Our contemporary response to all of this, with the exception of building the tabernacles, ought to be the same. Each day of our lives, we ought to look toward Jesus who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We should look toward Him and not be afraid... We should follow God's advice and listen to Him....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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