What Jesus Did! 'Speaking Without Knowing' — Mark 9:5-6

Friday, June 3, 2016

Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Peter did not know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid.
— Mark 9:5-6
Illustration of Mark 9:5-6 — "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Key Thought

Peter's words, though well intentioned, are ludicrous. Some moments need to be held in silent awe. Words shouldn't desecrate the moment. Rather than trying to be the wise one, the outspoken one, and the one who leads the pack, sometimes we need to be silent and let God reveal the meaning and the power of the moment. Peter couldn't grasp that Jesus was so far superior to the others. Even with that ignorance, however, he should have waited in awe until God's will was revealed rather than trying to speak when he didn't know what to say!

Today's Prayer

O God, forgive me for trying to always have words when my awe-filled and reverent silence should be the gift I offer in the presence of your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God come before you die. The kingdom of God will come with power." Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. Jesus' clothes became shining white. The clothes were whiter than any person could make them. Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Elijah and Moses. Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Peter did not know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid. Then a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, "This (Jesus) is my Son and I love him. Obey him!" Then Peter, James, and John looked, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them. Jesus and the followers were walking back down the mountain. Jesus commanded the followers, "Don't tell any person about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until after the Son of Man rises from death. Then you can tell people what you saw." So the followers obeyed Jesus and said nothing about what they saw. But they discussed what Jesus meant about rising from death. The followers asked Jesus, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus answered, "They are right to say that Elijah must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the Scripture say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will think he is worth nothing? I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him all the {bad} things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him."

Mark 9:1-13

Related Scripture Readings

Be very careful when you go to worship God. It is better to listen {to God} than to give sacrifices like foolish people. Foolish people often do bad things, and they don't even know it. Be careful when you make promises to God. Be careful about the things you say to God. Don't let your feelings cause you to speak too soon. God is in heaven, and you are on the earth. So you need to say only a few things to God. This saying is true:

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

That person's false god will not help him. Why? Because it is only a statue that some man covered with metal. It is only a statue. So the person that made it can't expect it to help. That statue can't even speak! It will be very bad for the person that says to a wooden statue, "Get up!" It will be very bad for the person that says to a stone that can't speak, "Wake up!" Those things can't help him. That statue may be covered with gold and silver, but there is no life in that statue. {But the Lord is different}! The Lord is in his holy temple. So all the earth should be silent and show respect in front of the Lord.

Habakkuk 2:18-20

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw my Master. He was sitting on a very high and wonderful throne. His long robe filled the temple. Seraph angels stood around the Lord. Each Seraph angel had six wings. The angels used two of their wings to cover their faces. The angels used two of their wings to cover their feet. And the angels used two of their wings for flying. Each angel was calling to the other angels. The angels said, "Holy, holy, holy, the Lord All-Powerful {is very holy}. His Glory fills the whole earth." The angels' voices were very loud. Their voices caused the frame around the door to shake. Then the temple began filling with smoke. I became very scared. I said, "Oh, no! I will be destroyed. I am not pure (good) enough to speak to God. And I live among people that are not pure enough to speak to God. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful."

Isaiah 6:1-5

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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