25: The Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-27)
transfiguration is closely linked to Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ
in the previous chapter. Now that the Lord had revealed His identity fully to the
disciples, He gave them a glimpse of His heavenly glory. But this glory can
only be achieved through suffering, and for this reason, the transfiguration
story is enveloped by two predictions about the sufferings, death, and
resurrection that were waiting for Jesus. After coming down from the mountain,
Jesus would go on to Jerusalem
to fulfill the work that He came to do.
“When they had lifted up their
eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only” (17:8).
Did You Know…?
Temple tax (17:24): The didrachmon or 2 drachma
piece was used among Jews for the half-shekel required for the annual Temple tax… This
regulation derived from the atonement-money prescribed in Ex. 30:11-16, which,
according to Maimonides, later developed into a
regular annual poll-tax. 7/840 All Jewish males over 20 years old
paid an annual half-shekel tax (about two days’ wages) to support the temple…In
Jesus’ day, the tax was collected a month before Passover…. 1/1446
1. Who did Jesus bring with Him to go up the
mountain? Why these three people?
2. What could be the significance behind the
appearance of Moses and Elijah?
3. Why was Peter’s comment in verse 4
inappropriate? Recall 16:22,23.
4. What can we learn about Jesus from the words
spoken by the voice from heaven?
5a. What was the purpose of the transfiguration? See also
5b. What are the teachings behind “they saw no one but Jesus
6a. What were the disciples referring to about the coming of
6b. How was John the Baptist the Elijah? How did he “restore all
7. Why did Jesus make the comment in 17?
8. What does verse 20 teach us about faith?
9. Why are prayer and fasting necessary for the
driving out of this kind of demon?
10. What does
the disciples’ exceeding sorrow tell us about them?
11. Why were Jesus and the disciples
exempt from tax?
12. What lessons
can we learn from the Lord in paying the temple tax?