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: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
<b>Jesus was standing in heaven, whilst standing in earth, for He is the door (John 10:9) between two realms, heaven and earth (Matt 28:18, Joh 1:14). The entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven.</b>
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
<b>Moses and Elijah became visible to the disciples. They appeared in a supernatural manner as representatives of the law and the prophets. Together with Jesus they symbolise the completion of the old and new covenant (Matt 26:28.) They speak together of His departure from earth, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem " (Luke 9:30-31). On the cross He would fulfill the law, the Prophets (Matt 5:17-18) and the Abrahamic covenant that God made with Abraham, "I shall make of you a great nation. (Gen 22:15-18.) God is about to sow Jesus into the earth on the cross and reap a harvest of souls (John 12:24) greater than the stars in the sky. (Gen 22:15-18.) And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (Gen 22:19.) The end of blood sacrifice, by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, sin was nailed to the cross. Now when we sin, we have an advocate with theFather, (1 John 2:1-2) in Christ we can come before the Father repent) change our ways and thinking and walk in His word and he is faithful and just to cleanse us and forgive (1 John 1:9)</b>
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, 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.
<b>A religious answer from Peter, religion wants to create religious shrines, monuments and temples and stay where God has been, rather than following the cloud to where He is going (Num 9:17).</b>
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
<b>Peter later recounts this in (2 Pet 1:16-19 ) when he says that we did not follow cleverly devised stories, but we ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. There is only one voice we should hear, the voice of the Shepherd of our Souls (John 10:27).</b>
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.
<b>A light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Pet 1:19)</b>
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.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
<b>Jesus addressing unbelief which is at the root of Israel rejecting Jesus (John 16:9). The length of time he had been with them, in which so many wonderful works had been done among them, and yet they remained unbelieving</b>
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
<b>The disciples had a level of faith (Matt 8:26 little faith) but this was mixed and contaminated by unbelief. This was also the reason James said not to be double-minded (Jas 1:5-8). We can be thinking faith yet having thoughts of unbelief at the same time. Jesus said even little faith similar to a mustard seed which is tiny but can grow into a large plant over 10 feet high, little faith can grow to mountain moving faith, if the unbelief is addressed. If we tolerate levels of unbelief in our lives, we will never be able to receive and build the faith of Christ to the level to overcome unbelief's negative force.
Starve fear and unbelief by refusing to feed it. Instead, refuse to feed unbelief by feeding on the word (Christ is the word of God John 1), the faith of God. and starve the doubt. We will only be successful ,when we not only build our faith but also destroy our doubts. </b>
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
<b>Unbelief that comes as a result of ignorance can be starved by receiving the truth of God's Word (Ro 10:17, 2 Pe 1:4). However, the unbelief that hindered the disciples in this case was that they were walking in what they could see (2 Cor 57) and could naturally understand. They had been taught all of their lives to believe what their five senses told them. They were simply dominated by this natural way of thinking rather than by God's word through Christ (John 6:63, Lu 9:1). The only way to overcome this type of unbelief that comes through the senses is to deny the senses and starve the unbelief through prayer and fasting.</b>
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
<b>To die was not what the disciples expected of the Messiah. The Messiah was to be a king who would restore the Dravidic dynasty and usher in a time of justice and peace; such was the classic expectation in Judaism, rooted in certain texts in the Hebrew prophets (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-10.) They were expecting a political hero, not a spiritual one.</b>
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
<b>Jesus example confirming that the Kingdom of God works by faith in sowing and reaping the word of God. Jesus gave the word 'go', sow a hook in the sea, which is the means of sowing and receive the fruit a harvest in the mouth of the fish. When the word of God is sown it will always produce (Is 55:11), in the faith of Christ, 100 fold and beyond (Mar 4:20).</b>