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!”
Nine of Yeshua’s disciples encountered a demon-possessed boy while He was on His way back from the Mount of Transfiguration. When they were unable to exorcise him, his father appealed to Yeshua, who was successful. But the gospel accounts leave the matter slightly unclear. Why had the nine failed?
Pharisees and Sadducees both enjoyed positions of leadership and influence in Israel, but as to interpretations of the Torah, they were totally at odds. This makes Yeshua’s admonition to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees” particularly cryptic. To what did He refer?
She pushed her way into the midst of the jostling crowd, following Him until she was right behind Him. Stooping low, as if to pick something up, she unobtrusively took hold of one of the tassels that hung from the four corners of His garment, and immediately she felt her body healed.
Every action and word of Yeshua resonates with the Torah, the prophets, and the writings of the Old Testament. The miracle of the calming of the sea is no exception; the Gospel writers echo the language of the book of Jonah and the psalms when recounting Yeshua’s mastery over the weather.
Like the mustard seed, the followers of Yeshua seemed insignificant. Like the tiny mustard seed, however, the movement was destined to grow until it became the dominant plant in the garden. In Israel, wild mustard spreads rapidly, and in only a few generations, it’s tall yellow flowers quickly overtake an entire field.
Yeshua called the Twelve “to be with Him,” implying full-time service and discipleship. He commissioned them to preach His message of repentance and the imminence of the kingdom. He granted them special, supernatural authority akin to that which He Himself exercised: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8).
If legitimate human need and compassion for human suffering takes precedence over the sanctity of the Temple services, and the Temple services take precedence over the Sabbath prohibitions, then legitimate human need and alleviation of suffering takes priority over the Sabbath prohibitions: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).
In Judaism, weddings and mourning stand in antithesis to one another. Weddings require rejoicing. In Jewish law, a wedding procession takes precedence over a funeral procession. Jewish law suspends mourning rites for the sake of weddings and forbids weddings during times of national mourning.
Just as He intentionally took on Himself the leper’s uncleanness in order to heal Him, so too He intentionally took upon Himself human mortality in order to heal it. He intentionally took upon Himself our sin in order to cleanse us of it. He took upon Himself our guilt in order to absolve us of it.