Matthew 17:1-9 (Also found in Mark 9:2-9 and Luke 9:28-36)

Matthew 17:1-2 And after six days (Matthew and Mark say “after six days;” Luke says “after about eight days”) Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart (to pray – Luke), And (as he prayed – Luke) Jesus was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light (shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them – Mark) (and glistering – Luke).

A fuller (vs 2) was a person who cleansed and whitened garments.

Luke 9:31-32 
30] And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elijah: 

31] Who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 

32] But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 

Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if you will, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah: (not knowing what he said – Luke).

Peter didn’t realize what he said. His proposal suggestions that Moses and Elijah are Christ’s equals. I have always heard this preached that Peter was suggesting they build altars for the three. That would definitely be inappropriate since no man is worthy of worship, only God.

Matthew 17:5-9

5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them (and they feared as they entered into the cloud – Luke): and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This is the second time these words were spoken; the first was at Jesus’ baptism. (Matthew 3:17)

6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 
7] And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 

8] And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 

9] And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 

Mark 9:10   And they kept that saying with themselves (and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen – Luke), questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.


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