Moses And Elijah Were Not Mentioned!
Mark 9:4 “And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
(9:5) 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.”
(9:6) (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
(9:7) Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!””
Jesus has fulfilled the promise that some before death will see power of God’s kingdom coming (Mark 9:1 “And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”). At the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus was changed into a glorious form as He will be when He returns the second time with His kingdom on earth to rule the heavens and the earth. When Jesus returns on earth with His kingdom, He will be accompanied by two major categories of saints. Saints who died but were resurrected to enjoy eternal life – represented by Moses during the transfiguration. Saints who will not die and will be alive when God’s kingdom comes – represented by Elijah. The transfiguration was a true taste of what the kingdom of God that Christ will bring would be. The disciples who heard Jesus make the promises, saw its fulfilment.
Moses died but God buried him and later resurrected him to live eternally in heaven. Elijah did not die, he was taken to heaven to have eternal life without tasting death. Some saints will die, but they will be resurrected to receive eternal life. Some saints will not die, Jesus will return on earth and find them alive and translate them to a better life, eternal life! God’s kingdom is about saved saints and eternal life. The transfiguration represented the complete power of Jesus’ coming kingdom. Jesus fulfilled His promises to show power of His coming kingdom to those who were present before they die!
When Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured and then they saw Moses who led Israelites now resurrected and enjoying eternal life after death and resurrection, then they saw Elijah who never tasted death but went to eternal life alive…they marvelled and were speechless. Immediately, Peter without reasoning reacts to the moment and with desire of all humanity. He desires that this beautiful, great and awesome moment would last forever. Peter suggests that they build tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah and they stay there forever. Clearly eternal life is best, clearly eternal life makes us forget all the past, clearly eternal life is our greatest desire. Peter forgets that they left other disciples on the mountain bottom. When God’s kingdom comes we will forget the troubles of the world and it will remain our greatest desire forever.
Peter’s suggestion however had a problem. When he suggested that they build three tents, he was equating Jesus with the saints who have gone ahead of us. Three tents meant that Jesus was treated as equal to Moses and Elijah. Three tents meant that he categorised the three as being one and the same. The tent suggestion by Peter was creating a new non-existent trinity. Peter was excited and the Bible confirms that he didn’t know what he was talking about.
A voice came from heaven to rectify the mistake that Peter and many others throughout history have made. A voice came from heaven to set Jesus apart as being excellent and better and incomparable to even the saints who are enjoying eternal life. The voice affirmed Jesus position as the Son of God, the Saviour therefore and the one to look up to. In other words the voice reminded Peter and others that we need only one tent for Jesus and not three tents, for the other two are not equals to Jesus! The other two too need refuge in Jesus tent!
No doubt Moses was and is a great man in Bible history but he is not useful in any way in answering prayers, in helping sinners, in facilitating anything salvation related. Elijah was a great prophet with almost no equal. Elijah’s end on earth was not death but a trip to heaven on a chariot of fire. But that does not make Elijah useful to help answer any prayers or assist sinners in any way. The voice from heaven ignored Moses and Elijah and called attention to only one – Jesus our saviour.
The voice from heaven calls our attention away from saints and to Jesus alone. We should only listen to words of salvation written by saints but not take the saints any further. To those who invoke the names of saints in their prayers and teachings, the voice from heaven calls your attention away from them and to Jesus alone. Don’t build any tent for any saint except a tent for Jesus. You only need a tent for Jesus. Many times we build tents as doctrines and teachings, and we refer to saints so regularly and by so doing we build a tent for them in our minds and hearts. The voice of God from heaven comes to call our attention away from the saints so that we focus on Jesus our God and Saviour.
The voice from heaven calls our attention to Jesus and the fact that He is not equal to any prophet or saint. Some in seeing the holy lives of the Bible and Quran characters like Moses and Elijah, have equated Jesus to them. Jesus is greater and incomparable to any prophet or saint, Jesus is the greatest. Jesus is greater than any last prophet sent by God. No prophet however last they may be, deserves a tent next to Jesus, only Jesus needs a tent! We all need refuge in Jesus’ tent. Jesus is not, I repeat, Jesus is not one of the prophets – though He was a prophet and more, Jesus is not just a mere son of Mary, Jesus is God! The voice from heaven sets Jesus apart to be greater than all prophets we may think are important. The voice of God from heaven is therefore warning that don’t take Jesus casually as just a son of Mary equal to other prophets, He remains the greatest and the best.
In addressing the six who were on the Mount of transfiguration, God ignored the five and glorified Jesus. We too must ignore the five and not make any theological or teaching around them or any other great man or woman. Peter is not as important as we sometimes insist to think. Neither are James and John. Moses and Elijah too were never mentioned by God. Our attention was turned to Jesus and Jesus alone. Therefore don’t treat Jesus casually as just son of Mary or equal to other prophets…Jesus is greatest! Jesus is God!
I recommend to you Jesus. Learn from the saints but believe and pray in the name of Jesus alone. There are many prophets, both true and false, and many sent by God, but only Jesus is the greatest and even resurrected from the dead. Prophets lying dead in their graves even if he or she is the last prophet, cannot be more important or greater than Jesus who resurrected and is in heaven and will return to save all of us according to the Holy Bible and even the Glorious Quran. Jesus is not just a prophet known as son of Mary, Jesus is God who saves!
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