Heavenly Father, we pray that You will open our eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to touch, minds to understand, and emotions to feel. We block off all other thoughts and distractions, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 9: 1- 29
VV 1-4, ‘’1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.’’
The traditional site of the transfiguration is Mount Tabor but some scholars favour Mount Hermon. Mount Tabor is 1929 feet above sea level and Mount Hermon is 9232 feet above sea level. The Greek word for transfigure is ”metamorphoo” which means transformation or a change of form. Jesus transfigured from Son of Man to Son of God. The glorified Christ appeared dazzlingly white, Daniel 10:4 and Rev 1: 12-16. Jesus appeared with Moses and Elijah. Moses represented the law and Elijah represented the prophets.
VV 5-8, ‘’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.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.’’
Peter wanted to put up three tabernacles. He was thinking about the feast of tabernacles. God the Father spoke from heaven, ‘’this is my Son’’. God spoke from heaven three times. The first during Jesus’ baptism, Mark 1:11, the second during the transfiguration, and the third just before the passion week, John 12:28.
VV 9-13, 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. 11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
Jesus warned Peter, James, and John, not to disclose the transfiguration to anyone until after His resurrection, but they did not understand about the resurrection. They asked Jesus why teachers of the law (scribes) said Elijah must come first. Jesus replied that John the Baptist already came as a foreshadow of Elijah, in the spirit and power of Elijah.
VV 14-20, 14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” 20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
When a large crowd was arguing with the scribes, Jesus asked the disciples, ”what are you arguing with them about’’. A man in the crowd replied that he had brought his demon-possessed mute and epileptic son to Jesus’ disciples for exorcism but they could not do it. The man, therefore, brought his son to Jesus. He did not let the failure of the disciples discourage him from coming to Jesus. He brought his problem directly to Jesus.
VV 21-24, 21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” ‘’From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes. ” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “ I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
The man doubted Jesus’ ability to heal his son. Jesus replied that all things are possible to those who believe. The man asked Jesus to help his unbelief, remove his doubt, and restore his faith.
VV 25-29, 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently, and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. 28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”29He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.’’
When Jesus rebuked the deaf and mute demon, the demon left the boy leaving him lifeless. Jesus took him by the hand, lifted him, and he stood up. The disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast out the spirit and Jesus replied this kind of demon only comes out by prayer. The NKJV says ‘’by prayer and fasting.’’ Prayer alone is not enough. In prayer, we draw close to God, in fasting, we deny the flesh. Fasting and prayer are good spiritual disciplines to practice.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the strengthening of faith and removal of doubt. We pray that You will do great things for us and through us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.