Song of Solomon 5:9-13, 6:1 - the best way to make others thirst for Jesus, is to focus on Jesus, talk about His loveliness and goodness.
"Where has your beloved gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did your beloved turn, that we may look for him with you? " - Song of Solomon 6:1
"9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? 10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. 11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. 12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. 13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh." - Song of Solomon 5:9-13
Matthew 17:1-8 - a bright cloud revealing Jesus and His grace. At Mount Sinai, a dark cloud covered the mountain when the Law was given. (Death, condemnation, knowledge of sin)
"17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only." - Matthew 17:1-8
Romans 3:20-22 - the law is the knowledge of sin, not God, not salvation. Our righteousness is apart from the Law.
"20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe. For there is no difference;" - Romans 3:20-22
At the Mount of Transfiguration, in the context of "the Rapture", Moses represents the saints who have passed on who will be raised from the dead and enraptured first at Jesus's Second Coming, whereas Elijah represents those of us who are still alive who will be taken up.
2 Peter 1:15-18 - Peter recalls his experience of seeing Jesus in glorious form and hearing the Father's voice at the Mount of Transfiguration.
"15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. 16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain." - 2 Peter 1:15-18
Peter (rock), James (replaced by) and John (God's grace). The names of the three disciples of Jesus present at the Mount of Transfiguration signifies the Law being replaced by Grace.
When you're under the Law, you are doomed to fail. Sin has dominion. The Law is about who you ought to be before God. Grace is about how God has given you a Savior and meets your every need.
Wherever Jesus went, blessings followed. Follow Jesus, blessings will follow you.
Salvation is a free gift for everybody. Reigning with power and positions in the New Jerusalem is for those who suffer rejection and persecution for Jesus's sake. Many Christians are ashamed to declare themselves as believers in public.
When your teenage daughter is made fun of for being a virgin, she should say: "For me to be like you, any night will do. For you to be like me, never again!" *flick hair and walk away* .
Dare to be different and stand tall and proud for Christ.
Matthew 17:24-27 - in wanting to appease the people, Peter lowered Jesus's standing as God. Jesus is the one that the people are paying the temple taxes to. As the only begotten Son of God, He is supposed to be exempt from paying the tax. But Jesus is patient with Peter's failures. Just because we fail, doesn't mean that He stops loving and providing for our needs.
"24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”"
Luke 9:51-56 - Jesus rebuked James and John for focusing on Elijah and not on Him. Peter, James and John wanted to exalt Jesus with the right intentions, but their promotion was wrong. They did not do it within the framework of grace.
"51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village." - Luke 9:51-56
Isaiah 42:1-4 - Moses ended his ministry with a failure. He hit the rock instead of speaking to the rock for water to flow out for the Israelites. He was prevented from entering the promised land while he was alive, but later entered it on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus.
Elijah ended his ministry in discouragement. Being pursued by Jezebel to be killed, he cried out to God that he was the only faithful one left and asked God to let him die. God preserved his life. Both of them made it thanks to God's grace.
Our Lord Jesus Christ will never fail or be discouraged. Grace is greater than the Law and the Prophets.
"42 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
2 He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
4 He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”"
- Isaiah 42:1-4
If our salvation is based on our obedience to the Law, we would lose it even before the night falls on the same day. But thank God that salvation is a free gift paid for by Jesus's sacrifice for us.
Welcome to God's big, happy family! :)
Be blessed and walk in divine favor,
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