January 9, 2018: SOAP #2959:  Genesis 23-24; Luke 9 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 9:33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters" one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was [...]

January 9, 2018: SOAP #2959:  Genesis 23-24; Luke 9

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 9:33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters" one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

Observation:   What an experience!   Jesus, shining in all His glory and discussing current events with two Old Testament heroes.   Although Peter had never met Moses and Elijah, he had no trouble in recognizing who they were.

How natural for Peter to want to stay on the mountain"to stretch out the time"to enjoy the presence of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah"to soak in the atmosphere"to meditate on what they had just experienced.

But Jesus had not been sent to live on a mountain, but to die on a cross.   The mountain was not the goal; the cross was the goal!

Application:    The high times in which I enjoyed God's presence were refreshing"I surely did not want to hurry away"but God had other plans for my life here on earth.   The people needing what God has given me are not on the mountain, but in the valley.   They need what I received on the mountain, but I can only give it to them in the valley.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I have often sung, 'To be used of God' so I must be willing to go where you can use me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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