QT – Mark 9

Vs. 7, “Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.”  Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to die on the cross…and we have a few more events before His arrival.  The Transfiguration was a time for Jesus to be encouraged, a time to fulfill prophecy, and a time for confiming the future promises (Vs. 1-13).  Moses & Elijah would represent the law and the prophets which both point to Jesus.  While good things were happenning at the Transfiguration, the other disiples were having a difficult time with a demon possession (vs. 14-29).  Remember, Jesus had given them the power earlier…but their lack of prayer and faith on this particular situation stumbled them.

Regarding application…Stumbling Block.  Vs. 42, “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.”  This is such a vivid picture that Jesus paints in our minds as we consider this very serious topic.  When we sin we not only affect ourselves, we can actually cause others to stumble.  We pray that Satan would not get a “foothold” in our lives, but little do we realize that we unknowingly can work for Satan when we choose to allow our failures to affect others.  Question: How does this look?  Our actions and words can be a living testimony to our faith.  When those actions and words do not lineup with God’s standards, we can cause new Christians to stumble.  I often see this on social networking sites like “Facebook” where this is the new form of communication.  Because so much of what we say is basically “public” to so many, we must be careful how and what we say.  From using profanity, gossiping, slandering, poking fun, etc…much of this comes from those who claim to be Christians.  Let’s be mindful of our actions and deeds in all areas of life so that we would not cause precious new Christians or anyone for that matter from sinning.