Now they came. If thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles. The apostles were overcome by the glorious sight. Talking with him.—St. Jesus Is Transfigured—Conversation about Elias. Matthew 17:3. They say F3. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Matthew 17:3: Philippians 2:7 Matthew 17:2 : Matthew 17:4 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Luke (Luke 9:31) adds the subject of their communing: “They spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.” So far as the disciples then entered into the meaning of what they heard, or afterwards recalled it, it was a witness that the spirits of the lawgiver and the prophet accepted the sufferings and the death which had shaken the faith of the disciples as the necessary conditions of the Messianic kingdom. It was not a vision, as is plain from the account of Luke. 1. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him. If it should be asked; how came the disciples to know these two to be Moses and Elias, since they never saw them before, nor could have any statues or pictures of them, these being not allowed among the Jews; nor do the accounts of them in Scripture seem to be sufficient to direct them to such a thought; especially, since by their glorification, they must be greatly altered: it may be replied, they knew them, either by immediate divine revelation, or by the discourse that passed between them and Christ; for it follows. & 13. The two chief representatives of the Old Testament (the law and the prophets). Moses and Elijah. By faith in that death they had been saved; and now that the Redeemer of mankind was about to die, it is no wonder that this was the burden of his and their thoughts. ((e) T. Bab. It is not improbable that this was in the night; that Jesus was engaged in prayer; and that he had permitted his weary followers to compose themselves to rest. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Maimon. Christ spoke first to give him proof that no thought can be withholden from him. the pious man, whom Elias used , "to converse with". And behold. The second stage of the miraculous occurrence. Bible Commentary for Matthew 17:3. It was really interesting that Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus at this transfiguration. 4. 79. (c) T. Bab. fol. Study the bible online using commentary on Matthew 17 and more! 2. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. ((d) Debarim Rabba, sect. Moses and Elias; Moses the giver of the law, and Elias one of the chief of the prophets: one of them had been dead near a thousand and five hundred years, and the other had been caught up to heaven, about nine hundred years before this. 13. These persons were really present. ad Seder Zeraim in Talmud. Succab, fol. And all his humiliation ended in his exaltation. 1. Mt 17:3 There appeared unto them Moses and Elijah. Was transfigured - That fullness of the Godhead, which dwelt bodily in Christ, now shone forth through the human nature, and manifested to his disciples not only that Divinity which Peter had before confessed, Matthew 16:16, but also the glorious resurrection body, in which they should exist in the presence of God to eternity. Luke adds Luke 9:32 that "Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep." 239. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him.

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