Prayer doesn't need to be boring! Jesus and his disciples went up into mountain to pray and the usual was happening, the disciples fell asleep and Jesus prayed. This night was different however, as Jesus had other company join him. Moses and Elijah dropped by to discuss his decease in Jerusalem.
An amazing transformation happened as the masters clothes became dazzling white and his countenance glowed as it's appearance was altered. Suddenly the disciples awoke to gaze upon this spectacular display of radiant glory. I WONDER HOW IT COMPARED TO THE NIGHT OF HIS BIRTH?
Jesus may have been weary as he began to pray. But, with Moses and Elijah as company this time was glorious in conversation about the moment of his crucifixion. Celestial glory came to the place of prayer. Prayer can be exciting with expectation or boring depending upon attitude. When praying we can get close to God or wrapped up in repetitious words. The disciples upon awakening are impressed by the scene of divine transformation of Jesus' appearance. Moses and Elijah fade from view as a cloud covers them. Peter says, "Master it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses and one for Elijah"; not knowing what he said.
Our emotions are not always spiritual. Discernment can be slow in understanding the spiritual. We can have fleshly desires in the way of knowing what God wants. I find Jesus not answering Peter. Then out of the cloud a voice , "This is my beloved Son; hear him." Who and what we hear is important. Do we read and believe God's word? Do we verify what we hear preached? God chose to give us what we need to know. Listening and reading must be faith building. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2
Remember Jesus said, "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4.
Just as our natural bodies need good nourishment our spiritual man need a well rounded diet of the word of God. God gave his word for us to live by. God gave, I believe, so I must live by it.
A. THE DISCIPLES HAD A GLIMPSE INTO THE GLORY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
They saw a bit of the radiant beauty of the other world. The wonders of it are staggering to the imagination. Just this portion of the account is enough to cause men to desire heaven over the alternative. Jacob caught a glimpse of his own at the ruins of Luz. In a dream Jacob saw the Lord standing at the top of a heavenly ladder, with angels ascending and descending. The lord made a promise to Jacob that night. Awakening Jacob began to fear and tremble. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Then he took the stone used for his pillow and set it as a pillar to represent the appropriate name, Beth-el, the house of God! He anointed the pillar with oil and made a vow of tithing to the lord. HE HAD A TASTE OF THE DIVINE WORLD IN HIS DREAM AND IT SET THE GOAL FOR HIS LIFE. God was preparing Jacob for better things to come. Later a wrestling match with the lord at the brook Jabbock. Better things are waiting for those whose life becomes committed to the Lord.
B. JACOB MADE OBSERVATIONS HE HEEDED! A LESSON FOR ME!
He learned that the presence of God was awesome. How dreadful is this place! Next we see his recognition of God's presence at Luz as more than a momentary event, This was to be a place set apart for God and his people. Bethel was a place of covenant. We need our own covenant pact with God. My only reference to this is based on Romans 12:1-2 I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Our transformation after the new birth is a continual walk and service to God. We are the workmanship of God through the spirit.
By: Meyer N. Sanders
May 31, 2009