Allow The Holy Spirit Be your Teacher
Today’s Bible Teaching will hopefully encourage you and me to be faithful students by allowing the Holy Spirit be our teacher. I read several “devotions and verses” daily I have been lazy by allowing these devotions spoon feed me instead of me preparing my heart to receive the feast of the Word (Bible) that the Holy Spirit wants me to have.
In Mark 9:2-8 (NKV) 2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and
He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— 6 because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid.
7 And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” 8 Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.”
The New Kings James use’s the word “tabernacles” in verse 5, this is unfortunate because it has mislead many to be believe that the disciples wanted to erect 3 “shrines”, this is an a misinterpretation of this passage. The better word would have been tents, or booths as the ESV and other Bible translation have, J.B. Philips uses the word “tents” and the actual Greek word is “skene” which means “tents”.
This is why comparing scripture with scripture and different Bible translations is so very important. By not doing this one is lead to a misunderstanding or misinterpretation the word.
The transfiguration in Mark 9:2-8 undoubtedly is a reference to the booths that were used to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, when the Israelites dwelt in booths for 7 days (Lev. 23:34–42). Also if this was a wrongful thing that the disciples wanted to do, would not Jesus had rebuked them like He did Peter in Matthew 16:23?
All to often many Gentile “Christians” take the culture and language out of the Bible and replace it with our modern day English and understanding.
All of the disciples, including Jesus was a Jew and in a Jewish culture, who still followed what God said in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
The point that I am making is, be a faithful student of the Bible and let the Holy Spirit give you your commentary not someones else. If we believe the the Bible was inspired by God and used man as His pencil should we not have the Holy Spirit be our teacher?
The image below is what the disciples wanted build , a “TENT or Booth” and NOT A SHRINE OR ALTER as some are mislead to believe!
Pastor Rich Kikuchi of Morningstar Christian Chapel wrote the following devotional,
“…..Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.” Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one of on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Ephraim. Nehemiah 8:15b-16
After hearing God’s word read by Ezra, the people were instructed to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles also known as the Feast of Booths.
During the seven days of this feast, the Jews would live in booths made of branches and usually built them on the flat roofs of their houses. It was a time for looking back and remembering the nation’s 40 years of wandering in the wilderness when the people were homeless and lived in those temporary shelters.
Sometimes it is good to remember where I came from! It keeps me humble and it keeps me hanging onto God and straying too far.
If we are not careful, we can get this false concept of ourselves. But the fact is, without God’s hand on my life, I am a big zero! When I remember where I’ve been and who I was, it keeps me hanging onto the Lord each and every day!
Remembering all the Lord has done for me,
Pastor Rich Kikuchi