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Synoptic GospelsTuesday, Oct 17, 2017
They lifted their eyes and looked around. The brilliant, luminous cloud had dissipated. "They looked around here and there but did not see anyone else except for Yeshua alone with them" (Mark 9:8). The mysterious visitors had vanished with it. Only the Master remained.Read This More from Synoptic Gospels
The voice from heaven that spoke at the Transfiguration essentially repeated the same message which the Master heard at the time of His immersion in the Jordan. On the high mountain, the voice addressed the disciples, “This is My beloved son …”, and the message came with the addition imperative, “Listen to Him!”
The story of the transfiguration plays with an old association between sukkot-booths and the cloud of glory. Jewish tradition associates the cloud of glory with the festival of Sukkot because Aramaic translations of the Torah translated the word “sukkot” with an Aramaic word than can also mean “clouds.”
While the Master prayed through the long hours of the night, Simon Peter, James, and John could not fight off sleep. Their eyes were very heavy. As they would later do in Gethsemane, they fell asleep while Yeshua prayed. They...