Matthew 17

Matthew 17 starts out with Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up onto a mountain where Jesus is seen talking to Moses and Elijah.  Then GOD shows up in a bright cloud and tells them “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” (NRSV)   Their response to hearing God was one of FEAR!  (Matthew 17:6) When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. (NRSV)  One day we will ALL fall down to the ground and be overcome with fear, saved and lost alike.  There are several places in the bible where people come into the presence of God and their reaction is all similar, Fear.  I like Isaiah’s encounter when he says, (Isaiah 6:5) And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”  (NRSV)  It seems to me that one reason for the fear of these holy men that come into the presence of God is that when you compare the devastation that sin has upon us in the presence of the Most Holy God, you can see the actual extent of how far sin has taken us away from this holiness that we started with and our human understanding can’t fathom being able to get back to an acceptable state where God will accept us.  That is why we should thank God daily for his Grace that will allow us to join him one day.

Have a great day,
Doug.

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