Matthew Lesson 18 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 18 Day 3

Matthew 17:6-13

7. a. Peter, James, and John respond

When the glory cloud covered them and they heard the voice from the cloud speak to them, they fell on their faces in terror. When the voice went silent, they looked around and saw Jesus alone. They, even Peter, said nothing. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone about it until after he had risen from the dead. And they kept quiet about what they had seen.

b.  Peter was focusing on the experience rather than the purpose, I believe. That’s what I would have done. God interrupted to reinforce who Jesus was, who sent Him, and said “Listen to Him.” It jolted them out of the mode they were in and got them back on the right track.

God commanded them to, “Listen to Him.” He taught them that Jesus was His Son, He was greatly loved by God, and God was well pleased with Him. He also taught them that what Jesus had to say was vital.

8. a. John the Baptist

Some believed John the Baptist was Elijah when he announced his mission to prepare the way for the Messiah. He called the people to repent and turn their hearts back to God rather than merely serving Him outwardly. 

b.  John was mocked by the Pharisees and imprisoned because of his prophetic mission. He also died as a result. Jesus was also reviled by the Pharisees and executed.

c.  Jesus said, “Elijah IS coming, and will restore ALL things.” The following sentence changes to past tense. It seems Jesus was referring to the fact that Elijah and He will come a second time.

Peter, James, and John finally understand that he is speaking about John the Baptist. We don’t know if they also understand that Jesus is about to suffer and die as John did.

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