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Q39: 46. He Was Transfigured

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(1) Heavenly Relationship is costly..

Evening is drawing on as Jesus calls to His side three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John, andleads them across the fields, and far up a rugged path, to a lonely mountainside.

Mt 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

  • 2 And was transfigured before them:

    Notice how brief the transfiguration story of Jesus is in the Holy Writings, and how the SOP magnifies the scene:-

    Presently Christ tells them that they are now to go no farther. Stepping a little aside from them, theMan of Sorrows pours out His

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    supplications with strong crying and tears.

    The Hebrew word "amar" as a pictograph reads "strong flowing authority". This means you are talking, or praying.

    Notice how the SOP uses the Ancient Hebrew meaning of praying correctly.

    He prays for strength to endure the test in behalf of humanity. He must Himself gain a fresh hold on Omnipotence, for only thus can He contemplate the future. And He pours out His heart longings for His disciples, that in the hour of the power of darkness their faith may not fail. The dew is heavy upon His bowed form, but He heeds it not. The shadows of night gather thickly about Him, but He regards not their gloom. So the hours pass slowly by. At firstthe disciples unite their prayers with His in sincere devotion; but after a time they are overcome with weariness, and, even while trying to retain their interest in the scene, they fall asleep. Jesus has told them of His sufferings; He has taken them with Him that they might unite with Him in prayer; even now He is praying for them.

    O what a Saviour, and example for us. To pray with Strong flowing Authority for hours on end...in faith...to our Father ( a Hebrew functional descriptor that means the Strong One in the heavenly family home)...so that Jesus' love and power can flow through us...

    Imagine the relationship, praying for hours and hours...!!!

    His prayer is heard. While He is bowed in lowliness upon the stony ground, suddenly the heavens open,the golden gates of the city of God are thrown wide, and holy radiance descends upon the mount,enshrouding the Saviour's form. Divinity from within flashes through humanity, and meets the glory coming from above. Arising from His prostrate position, Christ stands in godlike majesty. The soul agony is gone. His countenance now shines "as the sun," and His garments are "white as the light."The disciples, awaking, behold the flood of glory that illuminates the mount. In fear and amazement they gaze upon the radiant form of their Master.

    Notice the SOP uses a Hebrew word "Master" She does not reference Jesus here as LORD YHWH, but either Jesus-Baali Master or Jesus-rabbi Master. Both Hebrew words mean Master and both reference Jesus. As well as the Hebrew word LORD, or Adonay YHWH.

    For more SOP on Master

    As they become able to endure the wondrous light,they see that Jesus is not alone.

    A suggestion the Holy Spirit is allowing the disciples to endure the scene of majesty and glory?

    Beside Him are two heavenly beings, in close converse with Him. Theyare Moses, who upon Sinai had talked with God; and Elijah, to whom the high privilege was given--granted to but one other of the sons of Adam--never to come under the power of death.

    Moses upon the mount of transfiguration was a witness to Christ's victory over sin and death. Herepresented those who shall come forth

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    from the grave at the resurrection of the just. Elijah, who had been translated to heaven without seeingdeath, represented those who will be living upon the earth at Christ's second coming, and who will be"changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" when "this mortal must put onimmortality," and "this corruptible must put on incorruption." 1 Cor. 15:51-53. Jesus was clothed withthe light of heaven, as He will appear when He shall come "the second time without sin unto salvation."For He will come "in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Heb. 9:28; Mark 8:38.

    (2) Dealing with fuzzy translations..

    Peter exclaims, "Master, it is goodfor us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one forElias." The disciples are confident that Moses and Elijah have been sent to protect their Master, and toestablish His authority as king.

    Notice the story across the gospel accounts all differ in Greek words:-

    Mt 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord (kurios) "Jesus-YHWH", it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

    Matthew writes directly a Hebrew term "YHWH" to reference Jesus, and it is later translated into Greek by others copying His original Holy Writings.

    Mr 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master(rabbi) "Jesus-Master", it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

    Mark is writing later listening to the stories, and sees Jesus as "rabbi" , possibly the term Peter uses most in his sermons about Jesus.

    Lu 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master (epistates) "Jesus-teacher", it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.(KJV)

    Luke is able to write both Hebrew and Greek fluently and possibly writes in Greek for Greek audiences, uses the term "teacher" to reference the same story about Jesus.

    Notice all three accounts of the gospel story are differrent, and this shows that all three titles apply to Jesus.

    But before the crown must come the cross. Not the inauguration of Christ as king, but the decease to beaccomplished at Jerusalem, is the subject of their conference with Jesus. Bearing the weakness ofhumanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men.

    The Spirit of Prophecy says

    Bearing the weakness ofhumanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men.

    How hard it must have been for our Saviour to walk in humanity among believers who did not know Him or His missionary mission.The disciples were looking a the scene of transfiguration and seeing a King, the two humans talking to Jesus with him raised to heaven, were talking about the Cross.The discussion of both groups of men were polar opposite.

    So the Father's voice itself speaks:-

    Lu 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

  • 36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone.

    How powerfully the SOP speaks of Jesus and His mission on earth. Shalom

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