Mark 9a Notes

Mark9a (vs2-13)                              Notes



2 And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James   and John,


Almost one week of retreat (since 8.27) and time for   special event with inner circle.


and led them up a high mountain by themselves.


Plan by Jesus' design: the place, the participants, the   event -- all His will.


And He was transfigured before them,


metamorpho -- change of fashion, 'trans'- 'form.'  Right in front of their eyes.


3 and His clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no   one on earth could bleach them.


A brilliance bleaching could not account for. And face as   the sun (Mt17.2). Piercing light coming from His very person.    Note1


4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they   were talking with Jesus.


Famous servants of God -- known heros of faith -- now   themselves glorified.       Note2


5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good that we are   here.


Peter revels in the setting... (Imagine the disciples wonder   at this sight!)


Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and   one for Elijah."


...and suggests to prolong the visit by providing   accommodations for 3 chief.


6 For he did not know what to say, for they were   terrified.


ekphobos = frightened out of one's wits / emotion drowns   logic, cannot think or speak rightly.


7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of   the cloud,


"enveloped in a haze of brilliancy" (Strong) and   announcement made.                   Note3


"This is my beloved Son; listen to Him."


"Look on the Son I love & hear Him." Peter later keys   on this -- 2Pet1.16-18




8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone   with them but Jesus only.


When glory vanished, so did the visitors. Only Jesus   remains -- a simple man, as He was. Was it all a dream?



Note1: The miracle is that Jesus cloaked His own eternal glory in flesh and appeared simply human most of the time.


Why appear in heavenly form now? In shadow of His revelation on the cross (8.31) and insistence they must follow (8.34-38), it was time to renew they see again His ultimate glory. He really IS the King over God's kingdom -- in control. And somehow, the cross fits into His plans. Also good to know that cross bearers are bound to share His glory.


Note2: Why these two? The Law and the Prophets represented by Moses and Elijah. Servants of God who struggled in their work. Both glorified: one by dying with the Lord, but His body taken (Dt34.5,6); the other taken directly while alive (2Kgs2.11). One 1400, the other 900 years before. Loyal service rewarded. Glory awaits the man of God.


And what conversation? Luke says they "spoke of His departure (exodus), which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem" (Lk9.31). These men knew a little about exodus! It seems heaven tremors as the time nears for the greatest deliverance to be accomplished. These are heady times.


Note 3: Not a dark, ominous cloud. "Overshadowed" is poor translation to our English connotation. Shekinah -- Divine Brilliance: Ex13.21,22 / 16.10 / 19.9 / 24.15-18 / 33.9,10 / Lev16.2 / Num11.25 / 12.5 / 16.42 / 1Kgs8.10,11 / 2Chron5.13,14


Note4: The Law and Prophets give way to the Son, who is Mediator of the New Covenant, the long-awaited King, and eternal Savior of God's people.



9 And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged   them to tell no one what they had seen,


Once again the gag order. The Lord wants to control the   revelation of His identity. How to keep such an experience secret?


until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


Certain things must happen 1st, then time and   place for this truth to be told.


10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what   this rising from the dead might mean.


Secret kept. Now they notice He speaks of rising! Puzzle   pieces more present, but the whole picture still not clear.


11 And they asked Him, "Why do the scribes say that first   Elijah must come?"


The disciples learned law from scribes. No personal copies   of Torah. From Mal4.5,6


12 And He said to them, "Elijah does come first to restore   all things.


Yes, Elijah did come. God's word is true.  Time for restoration has come!           Note5


And how is it written of the Son of Man that He should   suffer many things and be treated with contempt?


Consider the prophecies of the Suffering Servant: Psa22 /   Isa49-53. Scribes VS Scripture. We need to know God's word.


13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to   him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."


Jesus made plain in Mat11.14 and insists here. He has   already come. But, humanity did not treat him as he deserved.    Note 6



Note5: Jewish anticipation of Restoration. Causes disciples to ask "Now?" (Ax1.6) And Peter to claim this is done by Jesus (Ax3.20,21). Rabbinic Concept of Tikkun Olam: 'fixing / repairing / healing the world.' Aleynu prayer, recited 3x daily, expresses hope that world will abandon idolatry and recognize God: "to perfect the world under God's sovereignty;" the Divine Kingdom. See Isa56:6,7.


Note6: Disciples Ask, "If You, Jesus, are Messiah, then where is Elijah? Shouldn't he be here also among us?" His Answer, "Yes he has come." We are NOT awaiting fulfillment of this prophecy until the 2ndcoming, as Dispensational Millenialists say. The Restoration involves a greater good: forgiveness of sin and returning human spirits in fellowship to their Creator. Why do we persist in opposing God's Plan?



notes by David Teel Sunday, June 15, 2014