Day 36 (Sat, Sept 13, 2014)

The Transfiguration

35 total verses: Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:1-13; Luke 9:28-36.

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

109. The Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36
110. Elijah discussed while descending in Matthew 17:9-13; Mark 9:9-13

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36. Jesus went up on a mountain with Peter, James, and John. While there, he was transformed, and is face shine brightly and his clothes became very white as light. Then Moses and Elijah appeared, and were talking with Jesus. Peter didn’t know what to do, so he suggested he build three tents for them. Then a bright cloud came and spoke to them about Jesus being His beloved son. The three disciples were terrified, but then when they looked again, it was only Jesus there.

Matthew 17:9-13; Mark 9:9-13. The mention of Elijah being John the Baptist is only in Matthew.
As they were heading down the mountain with Jesus, he instructed them not to tell anybody what had happened until he had been raised from the dead. And they asked him about Elijah coming before the Messiah. And Jesus agreed that Elijah must come first, but then told them that Elijah had already come, and it was John the Baptist.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verses here are Luke 9:28-29, which tell us that Jesus “took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white”. In the other accounts, it doesn’t mention prayer, but here it mentions it twice: first, that he was going up on the mountain to pray; and second, the transfiguration happened while he was praying. This leads me to all sorts of questions, like, Did Jesus always transfigure when he went to lonely places by himself to pray? Did Jesus know he was going to transfigure and talk to Moses and Elijah before he went up? Is this passage at all related to the idea of in 2 Corinthians 3:7-8,18 of glowing in prayer like Moses did in Exodus 34:29-35? I am very intrigued by the glowing faces of Jesus and Moses, and the suggestion in 2 Corinthians that we would glow (which very few people take literally).

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