Mark 9: Bible Study Guide


Mark 9: Worship Guide/ 41-BSG-9A, (Mark 9:2-13)/ Theme: The Transfiguration: A Preview of the Second Coming/ Hymn: Called to the Feast by the King are we, [Author: J. E. Landor]

Exploration: Read, The Desire of Ages, chap. 46; Study, The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.                                   

Reflection: In this chapter, Mark draws our attention to the following — The Transfiguration (2-13) The casting out a difficult Demon from a Boy (14–29); A reminder of Christ’s Mission, the Cross (30–32); True Greatness in the Kingdom of God (33–37); The Urgency to enter God’s kingdom (43–48); finally, Jesus speaks of Salt and Fire (49–50). There are many Themes here, but for the purpose of our Worship Hour this morning, let us focus our attention on the Transfiguration. This is a well known Bible Story, so we will stress just a few details.

Matthew reports that Jesus’ face shone like the sun (Mt 17:2). Both Matthew and Mark used the word “transfigured.” For this brief time, Jesus took on an appearance more appropriate for the King of Glory than for a humble man. Secondly, while Peter, James, and John were still gazing on the scene upon the mount, behold, “a bright cloud came and overshadow them,” and a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him” (Mk 9:7). Who was speaking here? God the Father.

What was this cloud? In the OT, this was the Shekinah, a well known cloud, the cloud of God’s glory. It was the pillar of cloud that stood by Israel in the wilderness (Ex. 13:21-22); It was a cloud of glory that God spoke to Israel from (Exodus 16:10). From this cloud, God met with Moses and others (Ex. 19:9, 24:15-18, Numb. 11:25, 12:5, 16:42). It was the cloud of glory that stood by the door of the Tabernacle (Ex. 33:9-10). It was from this cloud that God appeared to the High Priest in the Holy Place inside the veil (Lev. 16:2). It was from this cloud God appeared to Solomon when the temple was dedicated (1 Kings 8:10-11, 2 Chr. 5:13-14). It was the cloud of Ezekiel’s vision, filling the temple of God with the brightness of His glory (Ezek. 10:4). It was the cloud of glory that received Jesus into heaven at His ascension (Acts 1:9). And, it is the same cloud that will display the glory of Jesus Christ when He returns triumphantly to this earth– “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27, NKJV)

Devotional Implication: Jesus was the center of the scene, just as He will be at His second coming. “He was standing on a high mountain, much as when He returns to earth, when “His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east” (Zech. 14:4). When He comes, He will come with His saints (1 Thess. 3:13; Jude 14), just as here He is accompanied by Moses and Elijah, saints of the Old Covenant. And when He comes, He will also come to His saints (2 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 21:3–7), ministering to His own people, just as now He ministered to Peter, James, and John.”

“Another interesting aspect of the scene is the fact that, whereas Moses died, Elijah did not, having been carried to heaven by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11). Moses therefore represented the saints who will have died by the time Jesus returns, and Elijah those who will have been raptured…. Symbolically, the mountain is there. The people with whom He comes are there. The people to whom He comes are there. And both the saints who have died and the saints who have been translated are there.” – [John F. MacArthur Jr., Matthew, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1985), 3:69].

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, the Transfiguration experience was but a foretaste of the Day in which Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, is going to come, a Second Time (Heb. 9:28). On that day, He will appear in great glory with His angels (Mt. 16:27); On that day, all the tribes of the earth shall mourn (Mt. 24:30, Rev. 6:16); On that day, He will sit on His glorious throne (Mt 25:31); On that day, He will reward each accordingly (Gal 6:7; Isa 40:10; Rev 22:12); On that day, He will judge the Nations, He will separate His sheep from the goats: the evil doers will “go away into everlasting punishment, but the Righteous into eternal life,” (Mt 25:32, 46). Were will you be on that Day? Is it your earnest desire to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven? If so, I am inviting you to accept Jesus Christ in your heart today, and you shall be saved (Rom 10:13). Will you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to – 1. Adhere to the Father’s instructions, “Listening to Jesus” (Mk. 9:7b)/ 2. Believe that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God who is Coming Again soon/ 3. Obey Jesus in everything He commands in His Word/ 4. Surrender all: Take up my cross daily and follow Jesus/ 5. Prepare for the Second Coming (Mt 24:42, 44).

Have A Blessed Day: “Because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the World in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31, NKJV) “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28, NKJV)

Worship Through Singing: Called to the Feast by the King are we, [Author: J. E. Landor]