Tuesday Bible Study
Adult Learning Center
Rev. Sarah TevisTownes
Our text this week comes from Luke 9:28-36. In this text, Jesus goes up the mountain with his Disciples Peter, James and John. There, he is “transfigured,” and his clothes become “as bright as a flash of lightning.” Along side him appear visions of Moses and Elijah. Peter speaks up, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” At that moment, a cloud envelops the group, and a voice from the cloud says “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” when the cloud departs, Jesus is left alone without Elijah and Moses, and the group descends the mountain without building any shelters at all.
This is an odd story, for sure. It is saying something about institutions and our desire to build things to contain God? Is this about Jesus’ relationship to Moses and Elijah? What does Peter have to do with all of this and where do we fit in? I look forward to exploring the hidden gems in this text with you next week!
Luke 9: 28-36
New Revised Standard Version
28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.