Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 5 Study # 4
February 21, 2010
Lincolnton, NC

<596> Thesis: The appearance of Moses and Elijah expanded the revelation of the essence of the Kingdom. Introduction: In our prior studies I have made the claim that this paragraph is a fulfillment of the prophecy of 9:27. Everything about this paragraph smacks of "the Kingdom of God". Peter, John, and James could not "see" the details of this event and not "see" the Kingdom of God. It began as a "mountain" event in the form of Isaiah 2 and 40. It transitioned immediately into a "prayer" event with the clearest implication possible that the King is "Servant" to His Father; He does nothing without conversing with His Father about it before the fact (John 5:19). He does not consider His own "personal freedom" and "the ability to make His own decisions" of any value at all in a context of men who begin life with the words, "I can do it myself", on their lips and who grow up to strive, and fight, and kill in order to be "free" of the "lordship" of another. Jesus did not consider the mountain "His mountain" and He did not go there to dictate to the Father in prayer. This morning we are going to consider the next "event" of this Kingdom revealing paragraph. It begins with "Kai idou", a deliberate move forward with a hindrance to the speed of movement, and it focuses upon two men who suddenly appeared and engaged Jesus in conversation.