Thursday, 5 August 2021
Listen to Him
Ps Mark Tan

Luke 9:28-36
A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” – Luke 9:35

This weekend marks the memory of the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Scripture describes it very well:

²⁷ “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
²⁸ About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. ²⁹As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. ³⁰Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. ³¹ They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. ³² Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 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 covered 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.” ³⁶ When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

For today’s devotion, I want to focus on Peter’s response and God’s exhortation. Having seen God’s glory in Jesus and the presence of Moses and Elijah, Peter’s response is one of ignorance to the situation as well as to Jesus’ destiny on the cross. For rather than waiting to be told what to do, he suggested to put up three shelters, one each for Jesus and the others. This shows Peter’s ignorance because
1) Jesus only just told the disciples of his fate on the cross yet Peter wanted to prolong their presence by building shelters for them,
2) three, presumably equal, dwelling places assumes that Peter viewed Jesus to be on par with Moses and Elijah when actually He’s above them all, and
3) rather than waiting for Jesus to speak as He would normally do, Peter jumped to his own idea.

Thankfully, God in His mercy exhorted Peter saying ”This is my beloved Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” God’s exhortation to Peter corrected every wrong perception conceived by him:

1) Peter should listen to Jesus more carefully and remember His words and promises.
2) Jesus is God’s Son, the Chosen One. Moses and Elijah are nowhere near equal.
3) Don’t listen to your own wisdom, rather listen to Him.

Oftentimes, especially when in a crisis situation like now, I find myself doing as Peter did: I forget what Jesus encourages and commands, I tend to equate my wisdom with God’s wisdom, and in turn, I end up making my own decisions rather than just listen to Him Who holds my world in the palm of His hand and Who makes all things work together for His and our good. Thanks be to God that in the Transfiguration of Jesus, I am reminded:

1) I must remember Jesus’s words and salvation work more carefully and attentively.
2) I should value Jesus’ words above any other wisdom, especially my own.
3) I should listen to Jesus and heed His voice. I should expect it. In fact, I look forward to it.

PRAYER

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

每日灵粮
2021年8月5日,星期四

题目:“ 你们要听他!”
作者: 陈燕靖传道
翻译: 黄姐妹
经文: 路加福音 9:28-36

有声音从云彩里出来,说:“这是我的儿子,我所拣选的,你们要听他!”
– 路加福音 9:35

这个周末是纪念耶稣登山变像。圣经中很好地描述了它:

9:27 我实在告诉你们:站在这里的,有人在没尝死味以前,必看见 神的国。”
9:28 说了这话以后约有八天,耶稣带着彼得、约翰、雅各上山去祷告。
9:29 正祷告的时候,他的面貌就改变了,衣服洁白放光。
9:30 忽然有摩西、以利亚两个人同耶稣说话;
9:31 他们在荣光里显现,谈论耶稣去世的事,就是他在耶路撒冷将要成的事。
9:32 彼得和他的同伴都打盹,既清醒了,就看见耶稣的荣光,并同他站着的那两个人。
9:33 二人正要和耶稣分离的时候,彼得对耶稣说:“夫子,我们在这里真好!可以搭三座棚,一座为你,一座为摩西,一座为以利亚。”他却不知道所说的是什么。
9:34 说这话的时候,有一朵云彩来遮盖他们;他们进入云彩里就惧怕。
9:35 有声音从云彩里出来,说:“这是我的儿子,我所拣选的(注:有古卷作“这是我的爱子”),你们要听他。”
9:36 声音住了,只见耶稣一人在那里。当那些日子,门徒不提所看见的事,一样也不告诉人。

今天的灵修,我想重点关注彼得的回应和神的劝勉。彼得在耶稣身上看到了上帝的荣耀,看到了摩西和以利亚的同在,他的回应是对情况以及耶稣在十字架上的命运一无所知。

因为与其等待别人告诉他该做什么,他建议建立三个庇护所,一个给耶稣,各一个给其他俩人。
这表明彼得的无知,因为…。

1) 耶稣刚告诉门徒他在十字架上的命运,但彼得想通过为他们建造庇护所来延长他们的存在。

2)“搭三座棚” 表示不但要留住基督,也要留住摩西和以利亚,彼得把与基督有关的人、事、物提高到与基督同等的地位上,但耶穌基督是神兒子的身份如此崇高,卻是沒有任何人能比得上祂。
并且
3) 彼得没有像往常那样等待耶稣说话,而是跳到了他自己的想法上。

感谢神,上帝以祂的怜悯劝告彼得说:
這是我的兒子(愛子),我所揀選的,你们要听祂」

上帝对彼得的劝勉纠正了他所有的错误观念:

1) 彼得要更仔细地听耶稣说话,记住他的话和应许。
2) 耶稣是上帝所喜悦的爱子,沒有任何人(包括摩西和以利亞)可以与祂并列的。
3) 不要依靠自己的聪明,要听命順服基督

很多时候,尤其是在像现在这疫情情的当下,我发现自己像彼得一样迷失自己:忘记了耶稣的劝励和命令,我倾向于将自己的智慧等同于上帝的智慧而我最终会做出自己的决定,而不是寻求主宰万有并爱我们的上帝美好的旨意,感谢上帝藉耶穌當年登山变像,使我被提醒。

(1)我一定要紧记主的话,用心传扬救恩的福音。
(2) 我的生命要心意更新而變化,不要依靠自己的聪明。
(3) 要专心听主耶稣基督的话,要寻求祂,单单仰望祂。“

祷告

上帝,登山变像的预表,启示了你的爱子,祂的面貌就改变了,祂原是圣洁光明无比:慈悲地拯救我们脫離这世界的不安与挾制,可以凭信心看到神的荣美 ;父啊,圣灵与你同在并掌权,独一的真神,从今时直到永远,阿门。