Listen to Him

June 7th, 2010

I was re-reading the story of the Transfiguration from Matthew 17 recently. The Transfiguration is where Jesus went up the mountain with Peter, James and John and He was changed before them.

Verse two tells us that “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light”. And verse three says that the great Old Testament characters Moses and Elijah appeared.

As I read though, one verse really jumped out at me. Verse five says, “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

This is God the Father approving of His Son Jesus. Just like He did in Matthew 3:17 after Jesus had been baptised by John. Only this time the Father added the words “Listen to Him” at the end.

It is interesting to note that in the following chapters after this Jesus gave another block of teaching. He touched on things like paying taxes, divorce, being merciful, the parable of the lost sheep, the conversation with the rich young man, the Kingdom of Heaven and more.

I had never noticed the extra words “Listen to Him” before. It makes me want to re-read the following chapters and see what pearls of wisdom from God are in there. From the headings you can see they are some of the big issues of life that we need wisdom for!

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God Bless,