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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

[At the Transfiguration,] Peter exclaimed, "Rabbi, it's wonderful for us to be here! Let's make three shelters as memorials — one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He said this because he didn't really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.
— Mark 9:5-6 NLT

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 and is so far superior to the others (Hebrews 1:1-4). 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! At this point, we still see the impulsive, brash Peter. Later, through the influence of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a humble servant leader in the church (1 Peter 5:5-6).

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
  • Habakkuk 2:18-20
  • Isaiah 6:1-5


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Illustration of Mark 9:5-6 NLT — "Rabbi, it's wonderful for us to be here! Let's make three shelters as memorials — one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

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