Matthew 17

Vs. 2, “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”  Ahhhh, the Transfiguration (metamorphis) (vs. 1-13)!  This is when Jesus would show his full glory to us.  It was almost as if God was giving all of us a preview of what is to come.  Moses was there to represent the old covenant and Elijah the prophet was there to remind them the spirit of Elijah was shown through John the Baptist.  As we come to the boy who had a demon, the disciples tried but could not cast out this demon (I’ll expound on this in the regarding application section) (vs. 14-23).  And lastly we come to the temple tax (vs. 24-27).  Jesus was the son of God and did need to pay tax, but for our sake…Jesus is giving us an example of how we deal with money.  It does not belong to us anyway and God will provide.

 

Regarding application…Small Faith.  Vs. 20, He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  The disciples thought they had faith, but in this situation, they were lacking.  They had tried everything they could to cast this demon out and it wasn’t working.  But Jesus would remind them that they lacked this one important ingredient which was faith.  The Gospel of Mark records this event and Mark expounds by Jesus stating, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  Faith and prayer…prayer and faith.  Question: What is the Lord trying to teach us here?  We get so used to trying to do things on our own, we forget to completely surrender it to God.  God is chiseling away at our hardened hearts.