Saturday, February 12, 2022
6-8 When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death. But Jesus came over and touched them. “Don’t be afraid.” When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus.
9 Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead, you are free to talk.”
10 The disciples, meanwhile, were asking questions. “Why do the religion scholars say that Elijah has to come first?”
11-13 Jesus answered, “Elijah does come and get everything ready. I’m telling you, Elijah has already come but they didn’t know him when they saw him. They treated him like dirt, the same way they are about to treat the Son of Man.” That’s when the disciples realized that all along he had been talking about John the Baptizer.
-Matthew 17:6-13 The Message
Verse 6: When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground and were terrified.
Verse 7: And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”
Verse 8: And raising their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.
Verse 9: When they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”
Verse 9 study: Peter, John, and James were told by Jesus not to tell anyone what they had seen until after his resurrection because Jesus knew they didn’t fully understand it and couldn’t explain what they misunderstood. Their question in verse 10 shows their misunderstandings. They knew Jesus was the Messiah, but they had much more to learn about the significance of his death and resurrection.
Verse 10: And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
Verse 11: And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
Verse 12: but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they wanted. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
Verses 10-12 studies: Malachi 4:5-6:
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with complete destruction.”
Reading these two verses, the scribes believed that Elijah must appear before the Messiah would appear. Jesus referred to John the Baptist, not Elijah in the Old Testament prophet. John the Baptist took on Elijah’s prophetic role, boldly confronting sin and pointing to God. Malachi had prophesied that a prophet like Elijah would come.
Verse 13: Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.