Saturday, May 9

The Transfiguration account intrigues me. There are so many problems with it. I don’t hear very many sermons on it, I suppose because any interpretation is subject to debate. 1) Was it a real happening, not just a vision? 2) Why is this event recorded in all three synoptic gospels, but not John? 3) What is meant by “transfiguration?” 4) When did this event take place in terms of Jesus’ ministry? 5) Is that important? 6) Why were Moses and Elijah there? 7) Were they transfigured, too? 8) If they had new, incorruptible bodies, how does that fit with the teaching of 1 Cor. 15? What is the significance of being transfigured? 9) Could not the conversation with Moses and Elijah been done without transfiguration? 10) What did they talk about? 11) How could Moses and Elijah add anything that would benefit Jesus, the Son of God? 12) Were there decisions to be made? 13) If so, what? 14) Why didn’t Jesus tell the three disciples what they talked about? Or did He? Or were they able to hear the dialogue? 15) Why did Peter think it was good for them to be there? 16) Why did the Father say what He did? 17) To whom was the message directed? 18) Why was the message needed? 19) Why did Jesus tell the three disciples not to tell anyone about this event? 20) Why did the disciples ask about Elijah coming first? 21) How is Elijah’s future coming pertinent to the transfiguration event? 22) How does the context help to understand this passage? There are more questions than these. You will no doubt come up with some as you study. Here are the pertinent passages: Mt. 17:1-13, Mk. 9:2-13, Lk. 9:28-36. To give you a head start, here are some related passages: Deut. 18:15ff., Mal. 3:1 and 4:5, John 1:14, 17, 2 Pet. 1:16-19, Rev. 11:3-12. I leave this for you to research. See how many answers you can come up with. Then deal with application. How did the study affect your life? I will follow up in the next few days—not that I have all the answers, or even all the questions.

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