How did the disciples recognize Moses & Elijah at the transfiguration?

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Speaker 1

Lightning round.

Speaker 3

Andres asked, how did the disciples recognize Moses and Elijah during the Transfiguration? They’ve been dead for a thousand years.

Speaker 1

So this is our great question, Andres, and I don’t think we could say 100% for sure we know the answer, but I think we can make some reasonable inferences. So if we look at Mark nine, verse four, let’s read that. And it says, Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. So the disciples are there, Peter, James and John, they’re first hand observers of this, and they’re within earshot. So if they hear the discussion, what is probably the first thing Jesus would say when he sees Elijah and Moses? I presume Jesus say, hey, Elijah, Hey, Moses, how are you guys doing? And they’ll talk back and forth, at least in the context, it should start becoming clear who these people are. And then if you look at John 856 to 58, we know Jesus would have recognized them because Jesus says in that verse, Your father, Abraham, rejoiced to see my day. And he saw and was glad the Jew said to him, but you are not 50 years old, and have you seen Abraham? And Jesus said, most assured, they say to you before Abraham was, I am pointing to the I am who spoke to Moses.

Speaker 1

And if you read the story of Elijah that same, I am. Maybe he didn’t call himself that, but he appeared in a cloud to Elijah, too. Christ was there speaking to both of them in person. Jesus knew what they look like, and now Jesus would recognize them at the Mount of Transfiguration. And even if that was not the case, John 1426 talks about how the Holy Spirit works on the hearts of people, and he teaches all things and brings things to remembrance. So the Holy Spirit would have been there also at that time, inspiring the three Apostles as to what was going on, too. So either way, whether it’s for the Holy Spirit or just overhearing Christ’s conversation, they would have known this was Elijah and Moses in front of them. And what an incredible experience that would have been.

Speaker 2

Definitely. I always think about that story, too.

Speaker 3

I’m like, man, that would have been amazing.

Speaker 2

But I think there must have been something about them. You think about in the book of Daniel, chapter three, when Nebuchadnezzar throws Shadrach, Meshach and a Abednego into the fiery furnace, and he says, Didn’t I throw in three men? I see four walking around. And the fourth is like the Son of God. And it’s like, how did he know the fourth was like the Son of God? And so there must have been something about that fourth man that was distinct or just the way that Daniel and his friends reflected Christ in some way. In the same way, these men, there must have been some relationship that they had with Jesus that told them, oh, this must be Elijah and Moses?

Speaker 1

Exactly. Yeah. It’s such a mind blowing story and it’s interesting. I think John and Peter both later writing their later letters about this experience on the mountain Transfiguration it impacted them that much. So it’s something definitely they were well aware of.

Speaker 2

Yeah, definitely. And I think there’s just a way that you connect with people that people kind of know. Like, oh, I think this is who this is, Jane Wendy sitting next to each other like if I didn’t know you.

Speaker 3

I would be like.

Speaker 2

Yeah, they have to be married. There’s some special connection you just see just with you guys together.

Speaker 3

You can just tell.

Speaker 2

So I think that was also kind of maybe a factor too in this situation.

Speaker 1

That’s a good point. That’s right.

 


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