Listen to Him

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. Matthew 17:4-8

Without question Peter was the overachiever in the group. Instead of just basking in the moment, he wanted the moment to live a lot longer than was necessary. Certainly Moses and Elijah didn’t want to hang around on Earth because they knew what awaited them. For them it was a bit of a glimpse into what they left behind long ago.

God the Father bellowed at them through the clouds. He was not visible because no one has ever seen the Father except the Son. The voice must have been unmistakable because they all heard it and fell to the ground.

God the Father’s words to The Three were interesting, weren’t they? He affirmed the Son and commanded them (and by extension those who read this) to listen to the Son.

God emphasized the need to listen to Jesus, which was reminiscent of what Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 18:15: “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”

We would do well to heed God’s words about His Son.

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