A Short Study of Matthew 17:5

“And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.”
(Matthew 17:5)

On this occasion the Lord Jesus was glorified before the apostles. There also appeared with Him Moses and Elijah when He was transfigured. Both Moses and Elijah were occupied and discussing the Lord’s death and exodus from this life. When Peter saw this glorious sight he thought that it might be good to build three tabernacles honouring them, Moses the great Lawgiver and Elijah the mighty prophet of God. About this time God was pleased to overshadow them with a cloud and to speak out of heaven unto the disciple. The instructions of God were plain and simple, “Hear Him.” Peter, don’t build, don’t sacrifice, and don’t worship Moses and Elijah; “Hear Him.” The command of God is as appropriate today as it was then, “Hear Him.” God has given the whole testimony of scripture as an accurate record to bear witness to the glorious person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). May God give us grace to do these four things.

1) Receive with confident conviction the truth to which God bears witness. Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of the most high God, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). God is only well pleased with those in Him (Ephesians 1:6). He is the only suitable and effectual sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:12).

2) Because of who He is we should hear Him with profound reverence, “Holy and reverend is His name” (Psalm 111:9). His teachings are not the philosophy of men, but rather the doctrine of God, “My doctrine is not mine but His that sent me” (John 7:17). Therefore we should quickly receive His word as, “light” and “life;” as the only foundation of faith.

3) We should hear Him with unconditional obedience. God told king Saul that it was better to obey than to sacrifice (1st Samuel 15:22). We are commanded to repent and believe the gospel (Acts 17:30). Our Lord said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:15-16). May God give life and grace to hear and obey Him.

4) Hear Him with joyful confidence. We can believe His word and trust His grace with certain expectation that the Lord Jesus Christ; fulfilled and honored God’s holy law, made full and eternal redemption for our sin, entered into glory as our forerunner and is seated at God’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 6:17-20; Hebrews 9:12).

T. Harding

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